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To: bentfeather

First draft of a serious poem, I think:

Meditation on the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus Carries His Cross

Each step, each breath, each beat of your heart - pain.
The weight of the cross so heavy,
each step a small miracle of your perseverance,
the determination to pay that price,
no matter how shaky the legs,
how short the breath,
how much it cost to make each step.

This is how the Father does it,
the way he did not ask Abraham to take,
no sacrifice of the firstborn for his chosen people,
sacrificed by blood and fire.
But through you, his only-begotten,
laboring there beneath the crossbeam,
Your hair and face streaked with blood beneath the thorny crown,
face beneath the smears ashen with pain,
and the gathering doom in your chest,
already making you hungry for breath,
bearing the sins of the world,
each bruise, each welt merely a token of what they deserve.
as you walk,
the smell of blood and fear and sweat and death and pain
swirling around you,
our deaths, our pains, our griefs
on your one set of shoulders,
each movement crying out its pain,
only a foretaste of the pains ahead,
until, fulfilled,
you slip away,
glorified indeed by the hands of your loving Father,
and in that new dawning,
hope born in the birthpangs we can only imagine,
you will stand glorified,
our Lord
world without end,

26 posted on 03/28/2006 1:18:27 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

First draft?? I think done. Of course, you're the author and will decide that.

Thanks Knitting.

28 posted on 03/28/2006 2:04:39 PM PST by Soaring Feather
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That is very nice Knitting A Conundrum:)

34 posted on 03/28/2006 3:58:08 PM PST by fatima (Just say it if it is for love-have no regrets.)
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