Palms Sunday

We remember how you put palms in our hands,

palms in our open ,naked hands. Hands that once

tapped tapped keep tapping on wood and on flesh.

Before these ritual cleansings and gloves ond trash

Palms in our hands, hands that once lifted , opened drifted and dropped.

We consider all our sins like deadly viruses on these hands caught.

Palm of our hands are dirty cursed hands that infect

tap tap tapping on our keyboard and screen without effect

faking loving and contact with people alone and unseen

palms of our hands we proudly think of as clean

dropping and depressed alone weary and lean

We shake fist in judgement at the sight of your open hands

we cannot see palms of justice nor palms of mecy’s command

so tap tap tapping as we bang shout at door and demand

“What are you doing God? Why is death creeping  across the land?”

Palms of your hands , oh the palms of your hands too far away to see!!!

Cannot believe they are surrendered , bruised crushed , stretched , nailed to a tree!

yet , now and then , we heal without knowing or holding the palm of your hands

palms of love, palms of compassion that have roots from Eden to the plank

Burrowing driving digging demanding justice rank upon rank

Yet tap tapping bleeds love from the nails in the palm of your hand.

Where you reply to us by your justice these palms from Mercy’s command

Tap tapping at every soul bent across sick shore and sick land

“where were you child when I killed my son like a lamb?

see you were here  child , then  as now , in the palm of my hand”

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“Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:67‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭49:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of the palm of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

 

Ashes , Ashes, we all fall down

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;
Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ””
‭‭Joel‬ ‭2:15, 17‬ ‭
Dedicated to George Unglaub
Lent 2020

What shall we do in this vineyard of palms ?

where Prudentius’s vices are verdant fronds?

where we pretend to be “Blessed “trunks from the very first psalm

While our roots sit shallow in a climate so calm

What shall be our song ?

While vile villains and viruses threaten the crop ?

shall we sing “round the Rosie “before media’s shop ?

Till preachers hold out hands to command winds to stop.

Or politicians plead for another country’s crop.

Shall we hear from afar an ancient man’s song?

Telling a dirge for all we’ve done wrong?

He rebukes our tongues with Holy tong!

“young Fools who stand at palm tree with locked knee !

You Sloths at ease as you do as you please

Weaklings who can’t cut virtuous frond

you have no good thing for the King of the palm!

shame to you ,shame to you

There is no fruit to bear through you !

You fools ,Young fools !” the ancient man cries

“ you have no hallelujah !”

he Weeps and sighs

So what , Shall we say as we look at the field?

Can we bend our stiff knees where our heart’s once kneeled?

can Wednesday Ash intention bring better yield?

Can Repentance burning 40 make A sick land healed?

The child rises to Ask the ancient Man “can we believe ? “

The child takes his hands makes a ring for them to receive

Singing …

From ashes Upon ashes another Easter crop has a chance!

See old man a new palm tree made roots for our dance !

Oh sing with me old man To the king of the palm ..

and The king of the ground where we once belonged.

Oh sing ashes and hallelujah as we fall down. !

Sing once again old man and receive your crown.

Caught

A prayerful poem for a ” certain” sister and ,all “certain “sisters, who have been ” caught” impure .(1)

my sister, my sister, I see the mud in your eyes

Were you caught luring the brothers with Satan’s hot lies?

Were you tricked with the trick devils told you to turn?

Did you bend with the lie because your ears itch and burn?(2)

like Judas for change you gambled our Father was not looking!

As you played Jesus a prayer pimp for a later booking!

oh sister oh sister, surely they now gather around(3)

they sling mud on your name all over this town!

I cry when they  tell of how you turned for a dime!

I rage as they pretend their DNA not on this crime.!(4)

Oh sister ,These fools will be shamed and you will be scorned.

And no one sees your muddy bridal dress so ragged and torn!

My sister, dear sister, I see you weep in this night

oh sister You reach for a Word to make it all right!

But sister ,dear sister , did you not see Who was bending low there?

Did you not hear His Spirit rustle between you and the affair?

did you not see how He knew you in these sinfilled crimes?

did you not see how he paid your judges for all owed times?

Did you not see my sister , this True Lover untangle your hair?

Did you not see my sister, this Knight who caught you so bare?

Oh sister Oh sister He hears you cry  for Him tonight!

you grope in the dark for relief from the shaming fright!

Take not the hand of the Liar who points  with crooked fingers!

Though mud still slings and stinging sin still lingers.

Do not let this Liar bury your dress and call you a “Ho”.

Your Husband comes to tell you what you forgot to know.(5)

See how He draws lines in this dirt lifts and lets you “go!”

See how the eyes of Your Husband invite you to dance!

Seek your Jesus , Hear Him propose a perfect romance!

Feel Him undo your heart in a word , not a grope or shove!

Feel Him Loose you Free to be lured and caught by His Love!!

 

1.And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/luk.8.2.kjv

2.“For the time is coming when’s people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2ti.4.3.esv

3.“When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

http://bible.com/8/jhn.8.3.ampc

4.“However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:7-8‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

http://bible.com/8/jhn.8.7-8.ampc

5.Now I passed by you again and looked upon you; behold, you were maturing and at the time for love, and I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I plighted My troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord, and you became Mine.”

‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

http://bible.com/8/ezk.16.8.ampc