Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 36,654 Points (June 30,1948 / New York, NY USA)

He Sang - Poem by Glen Kappy

'And when they had sung a hymn…'
—Mark 14: 26a

You sang, Lord(!)
In a tenor or a baritone?
(Another thing
we're left to wonder—
with hair, eyes, skin, size—
to wonder then let go) .
Was it a solemn song?
Or one to fortify
against the night
you knew would follow?

In times before
on dusty roads
were they who struggled
to keep up with you
surprised to hear you whistle?
Or did they smile
when you'd start
a cadenced song
to make less weary
all the miles?

Or in gray dawn
and back from prayer—
your clothing trundled up
as on your knees
you stoked the fire—
were the first to wake
who cinched their blankets
close against the chill
then warmed
to hear you humming?

As you were flesh
we know you ate
you drank, you did
what all our bodies
need to do.
To these is added
that you sang—
that we need more
than bread to live
was also true for you.

Topic(s) of this poem: gospel, human, jesus, song, walking, bible, christ, christian, christianity

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about He Sang by Glen Kappy

  • Kim Barney (3/21/2018 8:24:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, Glen! Wouldn't it have been great to have been there, walking along and singing with Jesus and his disciples?
    You have given us insights that very few people would have considered. Thanks.
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    Glen Kappy (3/21/2018 6:38:00 PM)

    you're welcome, kim. and thank you for the affirmation and time to read this poem and reply to it. i tend to think of jesus like an older much wiser brother. when i think of what he asked, of the rigors of life in following him, i could only hope that i would be up to it. may we honor him with our lives, yes? -glen

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (1/30/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    What a sweet biblical song that rhymes, chimes and touches your heart.
    I came back to this song of God, once again, to hear its rich melody.
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    Glen Kappy (1/30/2018 6:55:00 AM)

    thank you, geeta. i myself just revisited a psalm to fit what i was feeling. love be your guide, inspiration, and protection. -glen

  • Tapan M. Saren (1/27/2018 8:43:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem sir....... (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (1/28/2018 3:35:00 PM)

    thanks, tapan. -glen

  • Dawn Novus (1/3/2018 6:46:00 PM)

    Wow, until now I had not thought of Jesus singing or humming. So very touching to think of him humming whilst stoking the fire in the morning and how such a seemingly small thing could warm the heart and bring such fortitude to his disciples just waking to a new day. Beautiful Glen. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (1/4/2018 6:45:00 AM)

    thank, loza. and i relate. i had read the bible much, listened to it over and over on tape, and yet this brief mention that he sang with the disciples before going out into that fateful night had not registered. human. human and divine. there has never been one quite like him. -glen

  • Kishore Kumar Das (8/25/2017 3:44:00 AM)

    Lovely poem covering the depth and varieties of song....the underneath current is is a basic reflex action.....congrats to you for your esteemed poem.. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (8/25/2017 7:12:00 AM)

    hi, kishore! thank you for reading my poem and your comments. -glen

  • Daniel Brick (6/4/2017 7:55:00 PM)

    This is a wonderfully warm and humane view of Jesus. You have to be close to Jesus and he to you for words to flow so easily and flesh out his portrait with details that play no role in the Gospels. The Gospels carry a heavy mission in attesting to Jesus's divinity and sacred mission. Your poem comes out of a different context: you're not a missionary in this poem, but a Friend of Jesus, this is your life in faith quietly affirmed in an everyday context. It's almost small talk! Was he a tenor or baritone? Did he relight the fading fire? What were his favorite foods?
    You animate Jesus the Man as a kind, solicitous, generous friend. His sermons on the End Time, the blasted fig tree, the money changers, the judases are of another vexed and stressful time. This poem is daily life with the Redeemer at his most persuasive loving presence.
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    Glen Kappy (6/5/2017 7:22:00 AM)

    reading these comments that got the poem so well and were warmly affirming, i guessed they were from you, daniel.

    yes, right on, this poem did flow easily from a noticing, a realization, after decades of reading and listening to scripture. for me, and for many of us in the christian tradition, it's the human experience of jesus, as one from humble background, with few possessions, itinerant like one homeless, that makes him approachable and understandable as a friend.

    the one poem i can think of, that i read some years ago, that precedes this is the goodly fere (i think the title is) by ezra pound.

    as always, thank you for your careful read and, if possible, even more careful comments.



  • Bharati Nayak (5/22/2017 9:10:00 PM)

    As you were flesh
    we know you ate
    you drank, you did
    what all our bodies
    need to do.
    To these is added
    that you sang—
    that we need more
    than bread to live
    was also true for you.
    - - - - - - - - - We need music, that inner song, we may hum or sing loudly to keep walking on the checkered path of life.This soul-song is heavenly, but we, the earth creatures need it to remain spirited.
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    Glen Kappy (5/23/2017 7:15:00 AM)

    indeed! and song has lifted me many times. thank you, bharati, for reading and commenting on m poem. -glen

  • Jefferson Carter (5/21/2017 1:32:00 PM)

    Glen, this is quite good. I like the strangely old-fashioned syntax and the nicely-restrained images. As an agnostic, I'm strongly-anti Christian, but your poem took me way past my prejudices. Thanks. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (5/21/2017 3:27:00 PM)

    cool! glad you liked it- particularly as i know you're discerning in this craft. -glen

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (5/13/2017 7:31:00 AM)

    Hey Glen, How come I never knew that this poem was poem of the day? It's a brilliant poem, so touching, so life-lIke. You really let your imagination work, along with study of the facts. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (5/13/2017 11:46:00 AM)

    thank you, laurie! i thought maybe you had read it and just didn't comment. glad you like it! -glen

  • Seamus O Brian (4/27/2017 9:54:00 AM)

    Glen, you have succeeded brilliantly in the extraordinarily difficult task of painting the everyday humanity of Christ. This is a wonderful piece, not just for its literary qualities, but for the richness of the meditation that it inspires. Thank you for sharing with us such a rich blessing. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/27/2017 4:48:00 PM)

    thank you, neal! one morning (after years of reading and listening to scripture) this, the fact that he sang, struck me- and the pictures came fast... among my favorite passages is philippians 2: 5-8 (which some think may be an early confession paul incorporated into the letter) . God became flesh and didn't shirk from getting his hands dirty. -g

  • (4/13/2017 11:31:00 PM)

    we need more than bread to live
    Eternal truth. Congrats on poem of the Day.
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    Glen Kappy (4/14/2017 7:09:00 AM)

    thank you, ratnakar. peace to you. -glen

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/13/2017 1:48:00 PM)

    At time before in dusty road wonderful imagery was perceived and he sang life's song wisely. Wonderful poem is shared here with thoughtful attitudes...10....congratulations! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:32:00 PM)

    kumarmani, thank you for reading and commenting on my poem and for your affirmation. i appreciate it. -glen

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/13/2017 7:58:00 AM)

    That we need more
    Than bread to live.

    Well written and communicated.
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    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:40:00 PM)

    sylva, thank you for reading my poem and commenting. i'm glad to be introduced to you and am curious now to read some of your writing. -glen

  • Clarence Prince (4/13/2017 7:30:00 AM)

    It was almost time for Him to be betrayed;
    so He shared with them the best of the time He had left.
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    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:46:00 PM)

    yes. what a strange night that must have been with its powerful and contrary emotions. what comes to mind is the foot washing- what would jesus have been feeling as he washed the feet of judas? and what was judas feeling? ... some of the most important of jesus' teachings are there in john's gospel from the time of that passover supper till he was taken in the garden... thank you, clarence for taking the time to read and comment. glen

  • (4/13/2017 6:51:00 AM)

    What a novel and wonderful poem, Glen. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Most worthy of Poem Of The Day. Congrats! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:51:00 PM)

    thank you, richard. you're the second canadian who's commented on the poem. interesting because my wife and i watched last night a humorous documentary titled being canadian. the best to you! -glen

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/13/2017 5:44:00 AM)

    Hello dear Glen,
    So, so very happy to see you as the poet of the day.
    You richly deserve it. My heartiest congratulations.!

    I know you to be a spiritual person and a true christian.
    And when the Lord sings whether in a tenor or baritone, you are sure
    to pick up the strains of the melody much quicker than the normal person.
    It is a wonder song most beautifully interpreted by you, from St. Mark -14.26.a.

    We need not just bread for our stomach but music for the soul!
    A vote is a must. :)
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    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:56:00 AM)

    geeta, thank you for your warm comments. i look forward to continued conversation with you around the things and kind of life that matter. appreciatively, glen

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/13/2017 5:01:00 AM)

    Our bodies! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:57:00 AM)

    and thank you for commenting. -glen

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/13/2017 2:38:00 AM)

    I loved the last stanza especially.. The whole poem is very good also.10 (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 5:59:00 AM)

    tapan, thanks for reading and commenting on it. and i'm glad to have you brought to my attention.

  • Kim Barney (4/13/2017 2:29:00 AM)

    Great poem, Glen. Congrats for having it chosen as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 6:00:00 AM)

    thank you, kim. i'm can't remember if i've read from your poems yet. i'll have to check. -glen

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/13/2017 1:07:00 AM)

    Against the chill.... thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (4/13/2017 6:01:00 AM)

    and thanks for commenting. -glen

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, December 12, 2016

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