Sonnet for Peter

A Sonnet for St. Peter
Malcolm Guite is a former priest and Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge.  He pens books and poetry and shares from his vast and interesting library.  He often writes for Rabbit Room Press, among other publishers. How does Guite portray Peter in this sonnet? How does he portray Jesus?

by Malcolm Guite

Impulsive master of misunderstanding
You comfort me with all your big mistakes;
Jumping the ship before you make the landing,
Placing the bet before you know the stakes.
I love the way you step out without knowing,
The way you sometimes speak before you think,
The way your broken faith is always growing,
The way he holds you even when you sink.
Born to a world that always tried to shame you,
Your shaky ego vulnerable to shame,
I love the way that Jesus chose to name you,
Before you knew how to deserve that name.
And in the end your Saviour let you  prove
That each denial is undone by love.

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