Unseeing in Sleep

Pray that you will not fall into temptation (Luke 22:40)

Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation (Luke 22:46b)

the disciples
unseeing and tired
eyes sagging, bodies sore, sleep surges up,
engulfs vigilance at the vital hour.

Jesus’ question, ‘Why are you sleeping?’,
sounds strange to sleepwalkers,
whose ears fail to hear the rhythmic feet
marching to the Mount of Olives
with malicious intent.

they have no answer for such questions.
it is the silence of sleepyheads
who do not think straight,
lost in limbo between dreamworlds
and real worlds.

Lord, touch us who do not see or hear,
who fail to understand temptation
in the grey light of slumberland.
Lord, awaken us from sleep
that we may rise and pray
in the dark of this new day.

[This is the first in a group of six original poems composed for Holy Week. Read the next poem, “The Glory,” here.]

2 thoughts on “Unseeing in Sleep

  1. I really enjoyed this poem/prayer. It is an important reminder that we are also the “sleepwalkers” and/or are susceptible to the sleep that surges the soul when attempting to be vigilant following God’s footsteps. I also appreciate the biblical epigraphs you use to help guide the reader in the direction and/or theme of the poem.

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