Friday, April 02, 2010

Good Friday 55

*This first one is new this year but I am including the 55s from previous years as well.

The Disciple

I left my business and my home to follow him.
I sat at his feet,
swore my allegiance,
said I'd die with him.
drew my weapon in his defense.
When my test came
I cowered in the darkness,
denied we ever met,
and knew my love was nothing
as his poured out for faithless me.

The Cyrene

I came to Jerusalem for the Passover.
I heard the commotion,
saw the condemned paraded in the street.
One was barely alive.
I turned away until...
the Roman yanked me from the crowd,
laid the beam on my shoulders.
Only when I met the bloodied man's eyes
did I realize he endures the judgment
I deserve.

The Thief

Merciless sun blisters my skin as the crowd's unrelenting curses assault my ears.
The weight of my own guilt,
the pain of dislocated joints and bound limbs bear down so heavily
I can barely breathe.
I dangle between present agony and hopeless eternity until He tells me,
"Today you will be in Paradise with Me."

The Guard

I'm glad to follow my orders well.
It's like taking out the trash to rid the earth of the scum we execute here.
Today is different.
One never begged for mercy, never fought us.
He spoke mercy on us all.
For the first time I feel guilt.
I fall to my knees, confess His deity.

The Mother

We had to travel when my time was so near.
When the king was killing the little boys we had to flee for our lives.
I was panicked when we lost him in the city.
But nothing has pierced my heart
like watching the spikes enter his flesh
and the sword plunge into his side.


Craig said...

Simply beautiful.


Suldog said...

Lovely stuff, Lime. Great job. Hope your Easter is filled with good things!

Greg said...

The Disciple is really beautiful. It has a great pace to it. Very well done.

My 55 is here in case you'd like to see.

g-man said...

All so PERFECT!!!
Happy Easter Trini!!!
Have a Kick Ass Week-End

Brian Miller said...

nice. peter gives me hope...great 55s. happy easter!

mine is up!

Cricket said...

Beautiful meditations yourself, my friend. It is all too easy to forget that the "characters" in the story were real people.

Wishing a blessed Easter to you and yours :-)

Logophile said...

fits all together so beautifully, you gifted genuis, you.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Happy springtime, Easter & Passover lime...enjoy the warmth!!

Ah, the soldier has a conscience! :)

Michelle H. said...

Beautiful readings. Have a most wonderful Easter!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Michelle- I enjoyed these, they really made me think today. Very appropriate too!

Casdok said...

I love how you use words.
Happy easter!

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Sue said...

After being a fellow poster at Michelle's A Cup of Tea with Friends, I thought it would be a good thing to visit you. I'm so glad I chose today ~ what a simply beautiful post.
Easter Blessings,

Ameratis said...

Those are all really good, thanks for sharing, Lime!

Saint Dolores said...

I've surfed alot this weekend, and this is the best easter poem I've encountered.

Although I was raised in a religion that REALLY wants you to know there was a comma in, "I tell you today (COMMA!) you will be with me in heaven." Because we can't go to heaven until jesus returns and...yeah. Jesus is painfully concerned with comma placement, didcha know?

(Hi! Glad to have found your blog)

Mona said...

wow! so wonderful , all of them!

Happy Easter Lime!

Jocelyn said...

Happy Ham Day. Hope everyone was up and about for it!

Craver Vii said...

I wonder what my role would have been if I was there.

DianeCA said...

There are some lovely reflections here, and of course a gifted poet writing them. I hope you all had a lovely easter!!