“Triumphal Entry”

Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

See, O ancient city, chosen of God,
Your king has come, upon a donkey’s colt
In humble triumph and in lowly state:
For he needs not your cheers to make him Lord,
But well deserves them for the mighty act
He’ll pass between your door-posts to perform.

But, faithless city, whom the prophets warned
Until their words were silenced by your stones,
Behold the Man of whom the prophets spoke:
Redemption, if you turned to him to heed,
But should you set your hearts against his claim,
You bring that judgment’s doom upon your head.

I wrote this poem earlier this week, thinking about the Gospels’ accounts of Palm Sunday.

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