Sunday, July 28, 2019

Baptismal Waters – v4

Two pitchers, two bowls
Two pair of hands
of the pastor and the proconsul,
metaphorical markers of a life well spent

Water poured ritually
from pitcher to bowl
hear it clatter and swirl
in anointment or judgment

Close your eyes,
feel the liquid on your skin
in and on your cupped hands
as you are preacher or Pilate

One dips his hands
into the living water
rests them on His head
a sacrament, in blessing

Pilate cups his hands in the deep
washes his hands of Jesus
giving the Son over to the mob,
in verdict and fulfillment


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edited August 15, 2019
Holy Water – v4
edited July 28, 2019
Holy Water – v3
edited July 28, 2019
Baptismal Waters – v5
edited July 28, 2019
Baptismal Waters – v4
(editing original again)
edited July 15, 2019
Baptismal Waters – v3
edited January 15, 2019
Baptismal Waters – v2
&
edited January 15, 2019
Holy Water – v2
(edited after contact by composer, Gwyneth Walker, who wanted to
use the poem for a choir composition
&
January 11, 2006 23:25
Holy Water
Mark 1:9-13, 15
&
January 11, 2006 23:45, revised 1/12/06 6:16
Baptismal Waters
Matthew 27:24-26
&
January 11, 2006 23:30
Baptism
(about Dad’t baptism, November 1990)

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