“O Lord, who once rode through”

O Lord, who once rode through the city gate
In triumph, over scattered cloaks and palms
To children’s song and shouts of wild aclaim,
Yet weeping for the wrath that soon would come,
Come once again in triumph—make an end
Of striving, wars, against your perfect peace.

O Lord, who rose up through the gates of heaven,
In triumph, glory, and then took your seat
At God’s right hand until all things were placed
In firm subjection underneath your feet,
Come once again, and rule upon the earth—
Take up your scepter, sit upon the throne,
And make all nations bow to you alone.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, so as I did last year I decided to write a poem having to do with the Triumphal Entry. The initial idea for this poem, and several of the phrases, came quickly, but putting the rest together took longer than I had hoped and intended.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions (perhaps of a real title for this poem?), questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems nearly every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with those linked from one of the “archive” installments, since the full archive is by now, at over two hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This is also archived on my wiki.


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