20 Contemplations #15: Intimacy

He comes near, able to touch, to be touched, and be wounded, to kiss and to be kissed: the grateful kiss, the sleepy child dismiss- ing himself to sleep; the mother’s kiss, a smudge on freshly-bathed cheek; the plotter’s grudge expressed in the curl of doubled lips, the final, false farewell, the fatal tryst. He comesContinue reading “20 Contemplations #15: Intimacy”

Lent 44: Maundy Thursday

A new command I give to you High Priests gather; darkness looms That you love as I’ve loved you Pilate’s wife now dreams…   Love your enemies and pray Judas gives back bloody coins Blessed are the merciful The High Priests buy a field   This is how all men will know Pilate struts; theContinue reading “Lent 44: Maundy Thursday”

Lent 39: Saturday of Fifth Week

Sit with Him; eat with Him; dip the bread, by His side – Surely Lord not I?   Walk with Him through olive trees; fall asleep and fail to pray; watch as one of you betrays – Surely Lord not I?   Warm yourself by cosy fires; answer truth with spitting lies; listen as theContinue reading “Lent 39: Saturday of Fifth Week”