Poetry: A Broken Vessel Made Whole

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A Broken Vessel Made Whole

by Robert M. Starr


I touched the wood with a trembling hand

And felt the blood of a crucified man.


He was guiltless, innocent, without sin,

Yet He hung on the cross, dying at the hands of men.


I thought of the ones who had put Him there,

And my heart knew the bitter pain of despair.


I knelt at His feet, filled with shame;

He looked down at me and called my name.


The suffering in His voice was more than I could bear,

For I knew that I had put Him up there.


His head was covered by a crown of thorns;

His brow was bleeding and His flesh was torn.


A sign proclaimed Him king of the Jews,

But I knew in my heart He was my King too.


I felt His love reaching out to me,

Offering life for eternity.


My eyes met His; peace flooded my soul,

For a broken vessel was now made whole.



About Robert M. Starr

Starr is a native Texan who feels more at home in wild places than cities. Starr “lies for a living” by writing the kinds of fictional stories he likes to read, and he also writes the occasional bit of poetry. Starr’s two published novels, Until Shiloh Comes and A Walk in the Wilderness, have won awards. Starr’s new release, The Mountain Valley Wrangler, is a traditional western. Starr’s poem, “The Cross that Reached to Heaven” will appear in Issue 3 of Lost Pen Magazine. Visit Starr on Amazon  and Goodreads.



Author: Lost Pen Magazine

Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and she particularly enjoys the classics, science fiction, and fantasy. Her life’s goal was to be an author, a milestone she achieved when she published Rise of the Papilion, an adult fantasy trilogy. Her short stories, flash fiction, poems, articles, interviews, guest posts, and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, blogs, and anthologies. She is the co-host of the Radiant Writers’ Community, a group dedicated to equipping writers passionate about sharing their God-inspired messages. She is the founder of Lost Pen Magazine, a resource established to help Christian creatives reach new audiences for God’s Kingdom. Forde also offers coaching and freelance editing via Focus Writing Services. Besides writing, editing, and publishing, Forde is a social worker, and she spends her free time maintaining her Japanese-language Duolingo streak and watching way too much anime. For information on the Lost Pen Magazine, the Spotlight Blog, submission details, and services offered, visit https://lostpenpublishing.com.

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