Breakfast*

June 19, 2016

Breakfast - Rodolph Rowe
2016 Walk Award
By Rodolph Rowe

          Jesus said to them,
          “Come and have breakfast.”
          John 21:12

The first family union
is a beach picnic around a charcoal fire,
the fast for God broken
with this most ordinary of provisions,
fish on toast, embodying a miracle
almost too large to haul onto dry land.

Imagine Peter. Unsteadily standing
brushing at sand
offering a shy, formal inquiry
as to the whereabouts of a bit of fig jam,
hoping to sweeten this first
eighth-day morning with laughter.

What sumptuous grace
this is, the simplest of meals,
rising up through
cell and sinew,
spoiling plans the body
is always making for death.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Rodolph Rowe. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

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