Cost of rebirth

19 Apr

"Beauty In Brokenness" © 2009 by Joanne Giesbrecht - Used with permission

Cost of Rebirth

Consider the egg
how it hides life
within a calcium cocoon
protects and nourishes
the chick within
until too large
restless and strong
pecks free
destroys its home
egg now mere shell
of former self
becomes nest detritus

Consider the egg
how it sustains life
surrenders to boil, scramble
stir, whip, mix
while we gain strength
from eating deviled
baked in cake
or drunk in nog
egg disappears
into our very DNA
of course we throw
the shells away

© 2011 by V. Nesdoly

This week Christians celebrate two of the biggest events in the church year. On Friday we remember Jesus’ death. On Sunday we celebrate His resurrection. The Sunday just past (April 17th) was Palm Sunday. One version of that story is told in John 12:12-16.

In that same chapter of John, Jesus refers to His death in a little metaphor: “…unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much grain.” The cost of rebirth.

Joanne Giesbrecht, a Calgary artist, painted the watercolour “Beauty in Brokenness.” View more of her work at She also blogs about her artistic process at

This poem is linked at One Shot Wednesday Week 42

This poem is also linked at Faith Barista (where you will find many more posts about Easter.)


Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Nature, Religious


9 responses to “Cost of rebirth

  1. Maureen

    April 19, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Violet, I like this poem very much, the matter-of-fact tone that opens each stanza, the imagery (“within a calcium cocoon” — lovely!), and especially the concluding lines of the second stanza. You’ve complemented it beautifully with the watercolor.

    I posted last night a poem for Holy Week. It’s called “Nard” and is in the Shadorma form, which I like using.


  2. brian

    April 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    nice…we tend to throw off our shells as well when we let that which resides inside find its way out…


  3. Jannie Funster

    April 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Well, isn’t that lovely!! All the world’s an egg and the men and women entering and exiting from the omelettes of time. (sorry, not quite as eloquent as yours.) 🙂

    one Shot Wednesday –whoooohooooo.


  4. River

    April 21, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Interesting analogy that is fitting for the week. I enjoyed it very much. 🙂


  5. versebender

    April 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

    An ode to the under-appreciated egg shell cast off by both those who are protected and nourished by it. Always a price to pay somewhere…clever stuff. Vb


  6. tolbert

    April 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Beautiful analogy on God’s economy! We are either walking on eggshells or throwing them away! I always appreciate how the egg, when first broken open, looks so much like a sunrise.

    “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen!”
    Mark 16:6


  7. M.A.S

    April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I like the comparison made by the two stanzas and the identical finality of the destruction of the egg. You also have a lot of great language there.


  8. heartspell

    April 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

    It’s always great to come out of those shells; for birds, chickens, and us. Then we can get on with it… 🙂


  9. Vinay

    April 23, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Good imagery, and a commonality in the endings.. very poignant write up this 🙂 I loved it very much!

    My One Shot



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