Three Figures

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. (Luke 23:32)

three figures floating above the ground
one with fire in his mouth
rages in desperation against existence
one begs for deliverance
in a strong moment, pleading
with the third for rescue
the last One speaks hope and peace
amidst such hopeless violence
split apart at the place of the Skull
He opens the cosmos wide
with painful grace for all
and welcomes us in

[This is the third in a group of original poems composed for Holy Week, which begins with “Unseeing in Sleep.” Read the next poem, “Joseph’s Offering,” here.]

2 thoughts on “Three Figures

  1. Matt, Thank you for these words, I am out of town this week and couldn’t make it to Friday service. Very powerful! Blessings, Mary Wallner

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