Denise Day Spencer

March 29, 2007

For Holy Week

Filed under: poetry — denisedayspencer @ 6:34 pm

THREE-FOLD TORMENT

By Denise Day Spencer

Let me share with you His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Stations of the Cross, St. Ann Roman Catholic Mission

He stumbles ‘neath the load.
It is not heavy, yet it crushes.
Merely a mangle of thorns
Woven as a crude crown.
Thorns that boldly dare to mock their Maker.

He stretches out His hands,
Ready to embrace, but not fondly.
Only the ore of iron
Hammered into soiled spikes.
Iron dares to agonize its Author.

He writhes upon the tree.
Alone, and utterly forsaken.
Simply a structure of wood
Fashioned as a cruel cross.
Splintered wood now dares murder its Master.

He gazes on the crowd.
Mankind, pinnacle of creation.
One whispered word could destroy
Thorn, iron, wood, mad men.
Yet the Savior dares to speak:
“Forgiven.”

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3 Comments »

  1. […] The Spencer family poets are busy. Here’s an amazing Holy Week poem by Denise. […]

    Pingback by The Boar’s Head Tavern » Poems + — March 30, 2007 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  2. […] The Spencer family poets are busy. Here’s an amazing Holy Week poem by Denise. […]

    Pingback by internetmonk.com » Blog Archive » Spencer Family Poets — March 30, 2007 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  3. lovely work, especially that second stanza. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Maria Garriott — April 4, 2007 @ 5:39 pm | Reply


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