Sunday Vespers: Head of an Old Fisherman


“Marble Head of an Old Fisherman” 1st-2nd century A.D.  Period: Imperial. Culture: Roman. Medium: Marble


I’ve seen your face before.

We’ve spent time together before today.

You are so beautifully broken.

Made of marble, yet fragile as clay.

The years have chiseled deep.

The salt air has sanded away.

I hope one day to look just like you.

Yes, I know, it’s a lofty goal.

The calm countenance of a wise, humble, seasoned priest.

O, yes you are!

I see right though that meager disguise.

A fisherman, a priest; they’re practically one and the same.

Saint Peter, Saint James, Saint John…

The Fisher-King kept those three extra close.

Plus, your hat gives it away.

Chipped or not, I know it’s really a halo.


“Come, follow me…and I will make you fishers of men.”

—Matthew 4:19


—Howard Hain



One thought on “Sunday Vespers: Head of an Old Fisherman

  1. cenaclemary12

    Your message makes me smile, more than the fisherman does. You can tell a person’s peace by his/her countenance. You see a halo where others see a hat. You are looking with your Third eye, as God sees. So now let’s move on a-head as the Spirit leads!

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