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A Broken Vessel Made Whole
by Robert M. Starr
I touched the wood with a trembling hand
And felt the blood of a crucified man.
He was guiltless, innocent, without sin,
Yet He hung on the cross, dying at the hands of men.
I thought of the ones who had put Him there,
And my heart knew the bitter pain of despair.
I knelt at His feet, filled with shame;
He looked down at me and called my name.
The suffering in His voice was more than I could bear,
For I knew that I had put Him up there.
His head was covered by a crown of thorns;
His brow was bleeding and His flesh was torn.
A sign proclaimed Him king of the Jews,
But I knew in my heart He was my King too.
I felt His love reaching out to me,
Offering life for eternity.
My eyes met His; peace flooded my soul,
For a broken vessel was now made whole.
About Robert M. Starr
Starr is a native Texan who feels more at home in wild places than cities. Starr “lies for a living” by writing the kinds of fictional stories he likes to read, and he also writes the occasional bit of poetry. Starr’s two published novels, Until Shiloh Comes and A Walk in the Wilderness, have won awards. Starr’s new release, The Mountain Valley Wrangler, is a traditional western. Starr’s poem, “The Cross that Reached to Heaven” will appear in Issue 3 of Lost Pen Magazine. Visit Starr on Amazon and Goodreads.