Good Friday


They then inscribed the legend “King of Jews”

Where He was hanging from a wooden cross,

Crucified on a hill between two thieves.

They cast lots for His garments and did choose

What they would have of His; there was no loss.

They mocked “Come down and prove what none believes;

You who saved others save yourself !”  The news

Of that soul’s passing made Iscariot toss

His spirit  to the pit where no power shrieves,

And rent the Temple veil.  God did refuse

To fight, but gave himself that men might live.

Not nails, not crown of thorns, now pierce Him through,

But man’s reluctance to begin anew

And to believe that he himself must give !


Weekly Times     15.4.60