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Sonnet: Purgatio

+JMJ+ I burn! To know the pangs of love. These flames,That singe & bake, that sear & broil my soulAre but the birth contractions: payment, toll.For each of Love’s rejections living maims. See these are not the chains from Marley’s … Continue reading

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Sonnet XV Good Friday. 3PM.

The darken’d Sun turns sharply to the WestThe crying women now a muffl’d soundThe crowds still gaping silent stand aroundThe Roman circus ceases to molest The body nearly now by life unboundUnseen the Angels horror gathering nowPenultimate redemption’s dying bowIn … Continue reading

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Sonnet XIV Via Dolorosa

He’s walking, Jesus walking. Bloody stainupon the ground. He’s falling, Jesus falls.& up. He’s walking, falling. Soldier callsSt Simon out of Crowds to help attain Golgotha’s lofty height. Once more he stallsBut rising rushes on the Masses’ needTo fill and … Continue reading

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Sonnet XIII Barabbas

Barabbas, Father’s Son, your story’s endunknown your Genesis unsaid. You markat Jesus side the choice twixt life and starkand nameless death. Are even you a friend? You saw how Life Himself for you the DarkDescending brav’d, the raving mob endur’dthe … Continue reading

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Sonnet XII Lashing and Mocking

Crack Forty times & more the lashes stingThe flesh of God which breaded now we eatis turned at pillory to bloody meatas Roman biceps leaded whips make sing Cut loose exhausted falle he at their feetawaiting his awakening a gamethe … Continue reading

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Sonnet XI Pilate

To Pilate sent to Herod then and backA hot political potato pass’dUnwantedly between them til at lastThe cock crow raises dawn which secrets lack To Pilate sent the final die to castHere Jesus stands awaiting human callalignment with the will … Continue reading

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Sonnet X – Friday Before Dawn

Come Brethren here in darkness let us meetTransparency and light we can’t abideThe people’s sleeping dreams our secrets hidethis man will stand before our anger’s heat Aside my friends here comes he now aside!And say, Reb Jesus, what will you … Continue reading

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Sonnet IX – Peter

Now Peter, liar, rock, Apostle, friendHere come I carefully to you: for pot& kettle are both black. May we be notby prayer that far each from the other’s end. The Priceless One betray’d by campfire hot:Your Galilean drawl just cant. … Continue reading

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Sonnet VIII – The Garden

In lunar brilliancy they walking showmid leafy branches’ budding scented bloom& grasses warmed in vernal sun now groomGethsemane, in paschal light aglow. We waiting here, he forward goes for roomTo falling, praying, moaning, sighing, bledTo sobbing, straining, weeping, sweating, redTill … Continue reading

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Sonnet VII Eucharist

He wash’d their feet & now would make them free:a mundane miracle will here combine.The God-Man bids that man on God will dine& unity in daily liturgy These common building blocks of bread & wineour Saviour takes into his holy … Continue reading

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