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Cleopas
by Melanie Kerr 
03/21/05
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I cannot stop the words
That tumble from my lips
I cannot slow my heartbeat
It jumps, it leaps, it skips

To think my homeward journey
Began with heavy tread
To think my heart was aching
With tears I could not shed

I thought my hopes so fragile
My faith so newly found
Lay broken into fragments
And scattered on the ground

The man I chose to follow
Lay cold within his grave
Gone was my Messiah
The One who came to save

A hand upon my shoulder
Awoke me from my thought
My company along the road
Is what the stranger sought

How could I not have known him?
How blind I must have been!
I listened to his words
And a fire burned within

He opened up the scriptures
The things prophets said
About his broken body
And why his blood was shed.

Oh yes, I was a fool
That I had not believed
Could never have imagined
The plan that God conceived

As we neared Emmaus
I asked that he would stay
I suddenly began to fear
That he might go away

Giving thanks and breaking
The bread held in his hand
At last my eyes were opened
To all that God had planned

What joy that He has risen!
The sting of death - no more!
What praise, what adoration
Before his throne I'll pour!



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Tony Rowsey 15 Apr 2006
This is wonderful, and powerful message, especially for this time of year. Very well written with great imagination, artistic flair and conviction. Great job. God bless.
Paula Gillen 14 Apr 2006
Melanie, This was a beautiful poem and it flowed very smoothly. I could feel the emotions in it. Very well done. Paula
DeBorah Sutton 12 Apr 2006
Melanie-- I thought your poem was beautiful! If one knows him, he again made him think of Jesus. It was very well written and very appropriate; especially since Sunday is Easter. Thank you for such enjoyable reading. Check out my latest work under short stories, titled, "He Held My Hand". I'd like to know what you think. YOu can always email me at: lovegeebeauford@yahoo.com
Doug Jenkins 10 Apr 2006
Melanie, Very good story poem; I like this genre very much. You had excellent rhythm, though one or two enjambments snagged me slightly along the way, but nothing that disrupted the pacing greatly. Good work, Doug
Jan Ackerson  29 Mar 2006
I love this more each time I read it. Look for it to appear as the FrontPage Showcase selection for the week of April 10. It'll be on the FW home page. Thanks for this wonderful poem!
Karen Treharne 07 Apr 2005
Beautifully written, Melanie. A blessing to read and a reminder to praise God for Jesus! You bring honor to Him through your words.
Nancy Hardy 25 Mar 2005
Very beautifully done! Great vision and emotions as you unfolded Cleopas' realization. The meter is steady and I, personally, found its gait easy to follow. Just my humble thoughts, Nancy
Kathy Bruins 22 Mar 2005
I'm not an expert in poetry, but I enjoyed reading it! Thank you!
Roberta Kittrell 22 Mar 2005
Melanie, I don't remember much about poetry, except I have not been gifted to write it. I believe you do. It is very gripping, and flows well. Each one of could be Cleopas. We should have been on the Cross; but the loving Members of the Triune Godhead knew there was only One Who could fulfill the sacrifice our sins required. What He did made possible our at-one-ment with God. For some reason, I keep thinking "The Only One." Bobbi
Sally Hanan 22 Mar 2005
I would call this Nearing Emmaus. I liked this, it portrayed the emotion well.




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