March Slice of Life No 23. * Poetry Friday
With a haunting beauty, Marie Post captures the antithesis between Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his arrest, trial, and crucifixion later in the week.
Astride the colt and claimed as King
that Sunday morning in the spring,
he passed a thorn bush flowering red
that one would plait to crown his head.
He passed a vineyard where the wine
was grown for men of royal line
and where the dregs were also brewed
into a gall for Calvary’s rood.
A purple robe was cast his way,
then caught and kept until that day
when, with its use, a trial would be
profaned into a mockery.
His entourage was forced to wait
to let a timber through the gate,
a shaft that all there might have known
would be an altar and a throne.
–Marie J. Post (1919-1990)
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Thanks for sharing this quietly powerful and moving poem Alice!
This is a beautiful and powerful poem. Thank you for sharing it. Are you familiar with the poetry of Malcolm Guite? A friend gave me a copy of his SOUNDING THE SEASONS, a collection of sonnets that move through the liturgical year. It just so happens that I am reading through the stations of the cross this week. Here’s a link to his books: https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/books/
Oh, thank you, Kay, for sharing! I followed your link and am now enjoying his writings and poems, listening to his recordings.
This both a powerful and beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.
I’m so glad you came by and left a note. 🙂
Thank you for this poetic reflection. It literally puts me on the right road to Holy Week. I’ve allowed myself to be too busy in lent this year.
I know what you mean. Somehow the past weeks rolled by way to fast.
Joy and sorrow in the same stanza brought about by the same item. Beautiful poem.
Quite often we experience the mingling of both, don’t we.
It’s a beautiful poem, Alice, just right for these coming days.
It was new to me. I chanced upon it when researching the history of a hymn.
Thank you for the wonderful poem that helps me prepare for Palm Sunday, Alice.
So glad you liked it, Carol.
Thanks for sharing–I especially like the image of them waiting for a timber to pass through the gate…
I’m so glad you stopped by, Laura.
Mmm… great poem. And I like the idea of poetry Friday – is this a thing? Can I just share amazing poems on Fridays? The more I blog in this community, the more I learn and the more I love.
#PoetryFriday is a community of poetry lovers and poets. We share poetry of others and poems we write and often how we write them. We share about kinds of poetry. Great community! Many are also “slicers.” A different blogger hosts each Friday. Basically if you post you commit to visit and comment on other bloggers posts. That is where I’ve learned so much! Check out my links this week. Usually the blogger uses LINK-in for us to link through rather than comments.
Here’s the link for the Poetry Friday round-up. I’ve learned so much poetry by following this! http://kidlitosphere.org/poetry-friday/
Thank you for posting the link, Lisa.
Having grown up Catholic, this coming week brings up so many memories and reflections. I hadn’t read this poem before. Thank you.
I just found it this year. I wasn’t able to find out much sbout the poet. I know she wrote a number of hymns but not ones I’m familiar with.
The poem is succinct, yet captures all the details of Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, and in such a unique way.