Good Friday: Via Dolorosa

I
In the garden you
Sweat in drops of blood, you who
Made the earth blossom
II
And then a kiss
Betrays you with the violence
Of a close friend’s sword
III
By dark, the council
Meets and seals your fate. You let
Your own reject you
IV
While, by firelight,
Your close friend lies, denies you
To keep himself warm
V
In the morning sun,
Amid the screams, the prefect
Washes his hands clean
VI
Scourges eat your flesh
The soldiers taunt you, laugh and
Crown you now with thorns
VII
On your back you bear
The curse of all the world. You
Fall; it crushes you
VIII
A stranger by the way
Shares the weight of the cross, but
Cannot drink the cup
IX
Women weep, lament
But do they cry for you or
For the brown, dead tree?
X
The nails are hammered
You fill your lungs with anguish
While night takes the crowd
XI
But one sees through it:
A thief who sees your kingship
And dwells now with you
XII
Then, last words to she
Who gave you life; the Life, you
Now prepare to leave
XIII
With a cry, you give
Up your spirit; It’s finished,
You proclaim, and die
XIV
Down we take your body,
In the thrall of darkness, to
Its tomb in the garden

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