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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thursday Poetry Blogging

I wrote this a couple of days before Ash Wednesday last year. So here it is as we begin our journey toward Lent, Palm and Passion Sunday, Holy Week, Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.

The time of the ashes has come.
They are dark and gritty against my skin.
Oily and caustic they are drawn with a fingertip lightly.
Yet they burden me with their weight.

The time of the ashes has come;
Joy has ended.
The cost of estrangement is growing
The regret of things not said and done
Has overtaken me.
Damn you God! How dare you be silent!
I can only pray with clenched teeth.

Hate overwhelms me,
My anger consumes me,
My antagonist overtakes me,
But he wears my face.

The time of the ashes has come.
The altar is calling me and beguiling me and rips at my soul.
How long oh God?
How long will the desolation be?
How long will my tears be dammed?
My God! The heaviness of my heart cannot be borne.

Yet God is found at the ash heap
God finds me as I scrape at my sores
With the shards of my own brokenness
piercing the boils and tearing my own flesh.
And the blood runs freely down mingling
with the drifting ashes
a black unholy snow.

God is always at the ash heap
Mourning His lost and corrupted creation
crying the tears I cannot.

"Create in me a clean heart oh God.
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy Presence,
and take not thy Holy Spirit from me."

(yes, I know, it's rather egotistical to post your own poetry, but I am short of time today and didn't want to spend time looking for something else....)


  1. I linked over to this from the new Lenten Prayer blog I co-created this week.

    If anyone is interested in being part of it, email me and I'll send you an invititation. There's information about the blog on my website but, basically, it is open to any Christian who wants to voice their prayers throughout the season of Lent. We have 22 people signed up so far and we still have almost a week before it gets started!


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