Son of the Father

Catholic Poetry Room

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Doug Taylor-Weiss.                                                                                                                                  

Son of the Father

In jail as bait, he hears the bailiff’s thud;
Barabbas squints to glimpse the herd outside.
Nearsightedness submerges flesh in blood,
His window’s bars a dyke against the tide.
Below, the tower door — he cannot know —
Stands open to the breeze. A fresher air
Inspires the thought of Mother’s winter row
Of wheat, his father’s servants’ buttered fare.
Unstinting in unpunished bile he bade
Good-bye and just as soon fell to the swine.
What ferocious appetites they had!
“Give us the son of Abbas!” There’s the line.
The mists divide; he sees his better half,
His older brother, Father’s fatted calf.

Doug Taylor-Weiss served many years as a Protestant minister before entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2016. He teaches in various capacities and, with his wife, sings in two liturgical choirs. They live in Grand Rapids.

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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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