“At Bethlehem, a half-lifespan before”

At Bethlehem, a half-lifespan before,
Eternal God made entrance into time:
In grace, the one for whom all things were made
Was made in human form—and more than form,
For, rising up that day from Olivet,
He entered heaven clad in human flesh
And took his seat beside his Father’s throne
Until, at last, all knees are bent,
All tongues confess, and every enemy
Is placed beneath his scarred and human feet.

Yesterday was Ascension Day, so as I did last year and the year before, I wanted to write a poem suitable for the occasion. Half-formed lines have been bouncing around in my head for more than a week, but I finally got them written down yesterday.

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.

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