Friday, February 01, 2019

Bleeding Limbs – v6

Walking home from school
early morning still, before 8am
quiet, walking past another house,
A birch, a sapling, drawing my attention,
by the edge of their yard, the sidewalk
the clear sap, pearls, large droplets
hanging heavy, bleeding limbs;
Three, maybe four, glistening arms
crying out, for the lack of understanding
thoughtless cruelty, senseless mayhem,
arms pierced, broken without care.

Like the arms of Christ Jesus, lifted up,
hanging, pierced by the nails, the spikes,
tears of pain, the blood He shed for our sin;
Thoughtless children, then as now,
not knowing what they had done
like the branches, new life
even in the dying, the giving, the blood
We are renewed by the Giver of all
the Creator by His plan, by His design.

God’s tears sparkling in the morning sunlight
like Christ’s sweat in the garden, Gethsemane;
My  image in the droplets, falling
reminding me of Christ’s suffering
and of our hope, the promise, eternal,
in the Spirit’s whisper to us
in the grace of our God.

edited February 1, 2019
Bleeding Limbs – v6

(merging edits to original and version 5)
edited December 17, 2015
Bleeding Limbs – v5
(merging edits to version 2 and version 4)
edited July 21, 2015
Bleeding Limbs – v4
(editing original)
edited February 2, 2015
Bleeding Limbs – v3
(editing version 2 and version 1)
new February 2, 2015
winter birches
edited December 17, 2015
summer birches – v6
(editing original)
edited October 15, 2015
summer birches – v5
(editing original)
edited February 16, 2015
summer birches – v4
(merging edits to version 2 and original)
drafted February 11, 2015
edited February 10, 2015
summer birches – v3
(merging edits to version 2 and original)
edited February 2, 2015
summer birches – v2
about Mile Marker 213
Edinburg, ME
driving in Rte 95 southbound in northern Maine
new poem July 18, 2014
summer birches
driving in Rte 95 southbound in northern Maine
edited June 30, 2014
Bleeding Limbs – v2
April 9, 2009
Bleeding Limbs
Maundy Thursday
on the way home from Pembroke Village School
Maple and Prospect Streets
Suncook, NH

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