Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.


Ode To A Thief - Poem by Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.

He is just a common thief,
And now he must pay;
His wicked deeds bring him,
Condemned to die today.

He had cheated and looted,
Wronged many men;
His wretched life stops today,
A cross shall pay his sin.

Guilty of his transgression,
Deserving of this bed;
Though he feared not the dying,
But the damnation ahead.



For surely Hell would be his fate,
Fires’ torment soon would start;
Punished for his wickedness,
And such a blackened heart!

But this ONE dying near him,
Was oh so different than he;
His eyes revealed compassion,
He spoke mercifully.

The thief cried out from his cross;
“Man just what crime did you do? ”
Then Jesus whispered weakly;
“Today friend, I die for you! ”

“But, how will You die for me,
Just who are you anyway? ”
“I AM the Lamb of God,
Your sin debt I came to pay.”
“How may I receive pardon? ”
The thief begged repentantly.
“Forgiveness is truly yours
If you simply will believe.”

“It’s true, you are the Savior,
Given thus to die for me...
Oh LORD I need your mercy,
LAMB of GOD… remember me! ”

Then Jesus spoke to the thief,
“Mercy has covered your price,
And I now say unto thee…
I’ll meet you in PARADISE! ”


Written by L C Taylor March 22,2008


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is written from the repentant thief's conversation with Jesus as they died on that crucifixion day. I hope you enjoy it.

Comments about Ode To A Thief by Loyd C. Taylor, Sr.

  • Gold Star - 9,986 Points Terry Craddock (3/8/2015 12:04:00 AM)

    Nice to see the appreciative comments. I also wrote a few poems on the crucifixion including 'Eyes That Look Up', 'God Painted Memory Crucifixion' and 'Three Crosses Framed Against The Sky' back in 2010, but no comments received so more power to your pen Loyd. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 14,311 Points * Sunprincess * (3/7/2015 11:19:00 PM)

    ........nicely written....and congratulations :) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,102 Points Patricia Grantham (3/7/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    Very beautiful and well done. A detailed poem on the
    crucifixion of Jesus. Appreciate it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,437 Points Lyn Paul (3/7/2015 7:47:00 AM)

    Presented beautifully. Thank You Loyd (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,342 Points Darlene Walsh (5/9/2014 7:07:00 PM)

    Very touching poem, and the dramatic reading was excellent :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 16, 2014


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