Another Catch Of Fish - Poem by Royston Allen
All through the dark night we were toiling there
and as dawn rose we looked on in despair.
Then a voice called aloud from the sea shore
'On the other side you will catch much more.'
The on the other side we filled our net.
So many fish I will never forget.
Then, 'It is the Lord, ' I heard someone say.
So I leapt out of the boat straight away.
To be close to You was my one desire
so I swam to join You there by the fire.
Then the others joined with us at the meal
Their great wonder unable to conceal
Then three times You asked me if I loved You,
and three times I said 'Lord, You know I do.'
And I thought as we dined by the sea shore
'I will not keep my distance any more.'
Written after reading John 21: 1-11
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]) , Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 'I'm going out to fish, ' Simon Peter told them, and they said, 'We'll go with you.' So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, 'Friends, haven't you any fish? '
'No, ' they answered.
He said, 'Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.' When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It is the Lord! ' As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, 'It is the Lord, ' he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
Jesus said to them, 'Bring some of the fish you have just caught.' So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish,153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
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