The feet the prophet once called beautiful,
That walked the dusty roads of Galilee,
Stood on the Mount of Olives one last time.
His hands, still marked where nails had pierced their flesh,
Outstretched in benediction and farewell,
He spoke to give his friends their final charge,
And then was gone, ascended to on high,
Where even now, his task on earth complete,
He sit at God the Father’s own right hand
Until all things are placed beneath his feet.
Yesterday was Ascension Day, so I’ve again tried to capture the event it remembers in today’s poem. I should perhaps mention that the opening line of this is at least the second time I’ve alluded to the famous passage from Isaiah; the other instance was in “Taliesin Before Arthur”.
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- “Upon that head”: An Ascensiontide poem (shinecycle.wordpress.com)
- “Triumphal Entry” (shinecycle.wordpress.com)
- “Send not …” (shinecycle.wordpress.com)
- “Heralds’ Rejoicing” (shinecycle.wordpress.com)