Thursday, April 21, 2011

Good Friday 55

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

The Governor

I found no fault
in the one brought before me.
My wife warned me.
Herod returned him to me.
I offered to release him
but the crowd demanded the murderer instead.
Lacking strength of conviction,
I yielded to the mob.
Water washed my hands
but could not cleanse my conscience
of an innocent man's blood.

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.


G-Man said...

You and I were on the same wavelength this week Trini.
Fanrastic and solemn 55's My Friend
Thanks for playing and have a Kick Ass Easter!!

G-Man said...

Easter Yahtzee!!

Craig said...

Thank you for this. It is a wonderful annual tradition. . .

Brian Miller said...

this was awesome all the perspectives...hard to imagine what was really going through their minds in the do it well...happy easter

Belinda said...

This was a fantastic read! Look at all those years you all have been doing 55s...very nice. Happy easter.

Cricket said...

Love the new one... and the older ones too. Love the Good Friday tradition you seem to have made for yourself, very Ignatian in spirit.

Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed Easter.

Suldog said...

Great job, Lime. Stuff like this is why I find the internet NOT a waste of time.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

I'm sensing a recurring theme here.

Happy Easter, Lime! :)

RNSANE said...

All of these are incredible, sad, poignant, just what one needs to refocus us on the agony that Christ suffered for mankind.

My Friday Flash 55 is at:

Happy Easter - have a great weekend.

Mama Zen said...

These are heart wrenching. And, they are amazing.

Juana Aragon said...

Thank you, and God bless you!

Monkey Man said...

Quite a series.

Sailor said...

This is really great, thank you- very moving

Dave said...

Nicely written Michelle. Very moving, from each person's point-of-view - Dave

Cadan Henry said...

nice to see you. look forward to the next visit.

happy easter

Amropali said...

It's fabulously written!!

I read and re-read it!

Easter wishes.

Mona said...

Wow! That is a series indeed! Very well thought!

Happy Easter Lime!

Shanae Branham said...

I love the way you took so many different perspectives. What a beautiful Easter tribute. I am glad I finally had a chance to come on over for flash 55.