Dark, this day

Dark, this day of his descending as
his heart – Kristallnacht scarred – heaves
even while we attempt to keel evil,
to position the passion while he,
he slips into the dark
to take darkness into himself.

Light beckons but for now, now he
descends all the way down
to be beside the despised,
to sit awhile with widows, with waifs,
to wander with those who make a home of wandering
aimlessly, wordlessly, yet now with the Word.


10 thoughts on “Dark, this day

  1. Thank-you, Allen. All the way down.

  2. The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson says:

    Reblogged this on St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

  3. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks so very much Paul, and Easter blessings to you!

  4. shoreacres says:

    That second stanza is wonderful, with the alliteration supporting the flow of words. “Waif” is such an evocative word, as is “wraith”. It’s rather fun to think of The Word descending to sit with cast-off and abandoned words, too – bringing life to language.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Yes, I very much like that image of the Word alongside of abandoned words! All is new including language – very nice. Thanks for your comments on waif. I wrote this poem on the fly, and the word just slipped out, so I am rather fond of it. I didn’t know of wraith, but now that I do, will look for a way to work it something or another!

  5. rickpryce says:

    Thank you, Allen, for these words, these reflections.

    Also, thank you for addressing the reality of Holy Saturday. Just as Easter people are called to embrace the awful reality of crucifixion in our celebrations of Resurrection, we must also embrace the ambiguity, as well as the temptations, of Saturday.

    Good reminders!


  6. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks Rick, yes Holy Saturday is near to me these days: I am writing an article on Luther’s so called Torgau Sermon (on the descent). Interesting indeed!

  7. jannatwrites says:

    This is a beautiful poem. I like how he holds off the light to comfort lost souls first.

  8. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks Janna! Yes, I like this image too, of holding on to Easter Saturday, of not rushing to Easter.

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