On the Solemnity of Peter and Paul

My dear friend James is dead,
Since Herod’s sword took him away.
And I am next, they’ve said;
In jail for only one more day.Peter's liberation

I lie on rocky ground
While drifting in and out of dreams
One dream which I have found
Is more realistic than it seems:

A visitor appears;
Touches my wrists, for what it’s worth.
And yet, despite my fears,
My chains have fallen to the earth.

He leads me past the guard
I now know this is not the end:
My future may be hard
But yet, I still have sheep to tend.


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Matt Dunn

Matthew joined Ascension Press in 2014. Matt studied political science, business technology, and business management at Delaware County Community College and Temple University. Poetry is not his only creative outlet: when not in the office, he can be found on stage as a member of Stealth Tightrope, a local improvisational comedy troupe, or as a musician. A clarinetist with the Merion Concert Band, Matthew also enjoys playing professionally alongside his wife, Susan, who is a professional pianist, vocalist, and composer.