30 Days in Gennesaret: Carry Day 17


My ‘patient’ dwells

fair distance from market

‘Carry’ begins to take on

earthbound weight.

Still, we limp along

laughing and stumbling –

bumbling idiots?


“Do you suppose Jesus will be long gone

by the time we appear?”

Next bend in the road

sees sunlight:

‘Scuse me, Ma’am

let me take that pallet for you—”

Brawny attitude interrupts my clumsiness.


A passerby offers fresh water

to dehydrated stupor—

our rucksack is long empty.

“Are we there yet?”

I can hear the thunder of running footsteps

but the murmur of engaged voices

roars near as loud.


The foot cannot say to the hand…

I don’t need you.

We are all interconnected here

I need you

Now my heartbeat can rest.

jfig     4/2020


This poem was inspired by conversations with our twenty-somethings midst the Covid 19 outbreak. I caught a glimpse of what is to come in the handing-off of the torch. I dedicate this poem to my redneck brother (the brawny voiceover) and my servant leader SIL, Cheryl; who in very different ways, do a lot of carrying.

 ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Matthew 25:37b-40

“Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

For further exploration, see also: “1 Corinthians 12:12 (NLT) – The human body has many.” Blue Letter Bible. Web. 18 Apr, 2020. <https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/1co/12/12/s_1074012&gt;.

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