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Good Thief
Edwin Romond


 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus told him, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”

                                                    –Luke 23:43

A contradiction
to call a thief good
but it was a day
when nothing
made sense: a man
of peace and love
condemned to death,
a best friend denies
his best friend
three times, another
sells him out for silver
and, even after the agony
of nails and lashes, Jesus
forgives them all. Then,
above the screeching hate
of the Golgotha mob, a thief
begs Jesus to remember him
in his Kingdom and Jesus
answers, “Yes,” turning
this sinner to a saint
christened good
his last day on earth,
his first day in Paradise.

© by Edwin Romond.
Used with the author's permission.


Edwin Romond  is a poet, playwright, and composer. Now retired, he taught English for more than 30 years in Wisconsin and New Jersey. Edwin's award-winning work has appeared in numerous literary journals, college text books, and anthologies, and has been featured on National Public Radio. His newest collection, Man at the Railing, from NYQ Books, recently won the Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award. A native of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Edwin now lives in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, with his wife. Learn more about him at




Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
A beautiful Easter poem! On the day when "nothing made sense." How true!
Posted 04/05/2021 09:20 PM
How beautiful this poem is!
Posted 04/04/2021 04:51 PM
Lori Levy:
Yes, says a lot about a day when "nothing made sense."
Posted 04/04/2021 04:21 PM
Beautiful! Great choice for the day and a beautiful poem. A big story told in so few words.
Posted 04/04/2021 11:10 AM
I love this poem, and the son of God whom it is written about!! Happy Easter to all. He lives!! Hallelujah!
Posted 04/04/2021 10:59 AM
Cathy’s Sister:
Beautiful poem! Thankful for the man of peace and love.
Posted 04/04/2021 10:10 AM
It was a day when nothing made sense 👋
Posted 04/04/2021 09:56 AM
A beautiful symbol of redemption!
Posted 04/04/2021 09:22 AM
michael escoubas:
Congratulations, Edwin, on this thoughtful and poignant poem.
Posted 04/04/2021 09:07 AM
What a beautiful, profoundly moving poem! Thank you!
Posted 04/04/2021 08:17 AM

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