Nailed death

Jesus
I kneeled to ask
a word from you.
Something about the lofty
drama of your crucifixion –
eclipsed by
echo-empty tomb
in morning hushed garden
hallelujah angel song
purest waxen lilies exulting
in resurrection light.
Instead
you gave hard sayings
about love of neighbour
self-renunciation –
uncovered the stinking rags
of my pretensions.
You mentioned dirty feet
slivers tears betrayal
bruises on the Calvary road
nailed death on a bloody post.
On a chilly lakeshore morning
your probing eyes asked
Do you love me?

by Esther Regehr
Feb. 21, 1946–Sept. 25, 2012

reprinted from MB Herald, Vol. 42, No. 04, Mar. 21, 2003

 

One Comment on “Nailed death

  1. It is wonderful to see the poem of our dear friend Esther Regehr, “Nailed Death” featured on the MB Herld website. It is a very moving poem, to say the least. Esther lost her battle with cancer last Sept but has left us a wonderful legacy in her thoughtful, insightful and excellent poetry.

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