By C.J. Renz - Berkeley, California, USA - 12 February 2016


Jesus said to Simon Peter, "do you love me more than these?"

The Gospel of John


Spring is the defiant Christ-child

blowing thousands of poplar seedpods in my face,

daring me to catch them all,

knowing for sure that at least one

will slip into my heart.


I wonder why it is that you would

bother to plant your Self within my wintered

and poorly tilled way-of-being.

How can it be that each spring

no matter what I have done

you approach in a whirl

with the same question,

Do you love me more than these?