Questions and denials

By the fire, there was warmth

orange and red flickered on the walls

casting shadows

shadows in which Peter hid

Hid from the authorities

and watched Jesus be questioned

but now, even in the shadows, Peter is noticed

you aren’t one of his disciples, are you?”

No, I am not”

Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”

No, you didn’t”

Peter, what had you done in the shadows?

You already denied him in this place

as he said you would

in the shadows, cry, Peter, cry

as you realise you have let him down

you could not follow him where he must go

to Pilate and more questions

to Pilate who sought truth, even though the source of all truth was there in front of him