By Adam Penna

Hosea chased his wife to win her back,
because he was a man of faith.
And Joseph believed God’s angel, when he said
no man had touched his bride-to-be.
And Abraham went as far as the mountain
and almost cut into his son’s white neck.
Elizabeth’s womb leapt, when Mary entered,
and Sarah laughed and wept at the same time,
which happens when all the dreams you’ve dreamt
and a few you haven’t yet come true,
and even Jesus asked the cup pass from his lips,
then added: If it is Your will. This was enough
to help convince those who would be convinced
he is the Son of God, and Sufis,
dressed in rough tunics, for this reason risked heresy,
claiming there is One God, and Jesus is his prophet.

There are a thousand stories. Some commend
obedience and others courage, strength and wisdom.
A few even suggest a little wildness helps to assist
exuberant hearts. And still, seeking a myth to base a life on—
a stitch to hold the seams of heaven and earth together,
which rests not outside a good man’s capabilities,
his talents, but tests them without retarding
his nature or his character—a soul gets lost
a long time in the desert and dreams a thousand
strange dreams and suffers a thousand visions
before concluding, which one, if any, suits him best.


4 Responses to “Men of Faith”

  1. […] about matters of poetry and otherwise at Read Penna’s poem “Men of Faith.” Rate this: Share this:TwitterFacebookStumbleUponRedditEmailPrintDiggLinkedInLike […]

  2. […] “Men of Faith” is featured today on Liturgical Credo’s site.  Four other poems will follow tomorrow through Saturday.  Thanks to Colin Burch, editor of L.C. Share this:EmailFacebookPrintLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in News and tagged Adam Penna, Liturgical Credo, Poems, published. Bookmark the permalink. ← On the Lowly […]

  3. davidpenna Says:

    Great poem, it feels like a meditation. The undertone of personal choice wrapped in the search for guidance and structure, is something that rings true to me. I find it disheartening when these choices are perceived as dogma.

  4. lyndsey Says:


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