Palms

Palm CrossJust a stroke,
so tenderly embraced
and then laid,
strowed,
under foot, under hoof,
a carpet and canopy
for an entering King.
How easy to rip from the bough
an instrument
of worship.

Just a stroke,
so fiercely stretched
and then nailed.
Impail,
in foot, in hand;
obeisance forced
on the one who is King.
How easy to hang on the bough
an instrument
of salvation.

Peter Ould
Palm Sunday

24th March 2013

Posted in Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Poetry Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
  • http://www.likeasthehart.me.uk/ Richard Gillin

    Thank you, Peter. Palm Sunday moved me rather more than usual this year. And this was part of it. I just found trying to comment and say so from my phone was technologically challenging. Thank you!

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