Broken and whole

We who were once whole

became broken,

born in Adam.

He who was whole

also became broken

that we who were broken

could become whole

once again.


we only remain whole

by remaining broken,

reflecting the One

who is eternally

both whole

and broken.

John McNeil 1998. All rights reserved.
This poem may be used free of charge, on the condition that copies are not sold for profit in any medium, nor any entrance fee charged to a performance. In exchange, the author would appreciate being notified of any occasion the poem is used in public performance. He may be contacted at: Or at: 36B Stourbridge St, Spreydon, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand.