Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Women



They came to do Him honor,
weary-faced, and
stonily,
their footsteps traced
the path
to where He lay.



The day of His
entombment
still played starkly
in their minds.



Memory paraded through,
poignant, uninvited, yet
too new, too real
it’s trespass
to deny.



And so, unable to
forget their sorrow,
they acknowledged it
and sought to do Him
honor
paying tribute to
His grave.



His blemished body
they’d anoint
with oils and spices
for a King,
for such was He
and so deserved
their ministering.

As they approached
His lowly crypt,
the women were
distressed
and wept
to see the sepulchre
had been
disturbed.



For lo, the stone was
rolled away,
His body gone
and in its place
an angel,
and the women
were afraid.



“Why seek ye the living
among the dead?” ...
These are the words the
angel said.
The women, full of fear,
answered Him not,
nor understood.



But his next words
their trembling stilled,
and filled their hearts
with wondrous good
and joy
beyond capacity to feel.



“He is not here
for He is ris'n,
tell it to all men...
He is not here,
for He is ris'n
again!"


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27 comments:

Cynthia said...

That was so beautiful! Thanks for uplifting me this Easter morning.

KC Mom said...

That was truly inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Momza said...

Thanks so much for this thoughtful post. I love E. Holland.

K2cole said...

Beautiful! What a lovely talent you have.

Cathy Kennedy said...

This is a humble poem so beautiful depiciting Christ's death and resurrection. I may link this post on my blog for my readers to enjoy with Easter only days away. Thanks for sharing!

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Debra Ann Elliott said...

Beautiful. Stopping by from Alphabe-Thursday.

Keri said...

Beautiful. A story that cannot be told too often!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. a lovely rendering of the story and the important role women played...culturally it would not have madde sense but that is God

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Thank you, Sue. This was beautiful. It is perhaps my favorite of all of your poetry.

Lisa Loo said...

You are a wonder! Love the pictures you chose and the music!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a timely, lovely post...

Donnie said...

That is the promise of Easter. Beautiful.

NatureGirl said...

Thank you Sue. Just lovely. Happy AlphabetSoup...and especially Happy Easter.

Francisca said...

Happy Easter to you, Sue.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I agree...a beautiful post full of beautiful imagery woven together with your beautiful poetry.

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you my friend for stoppoing by...and if you ever do an "ABC of me" post...please let me know.

Darlene said...

I love this one too. Those women were so brave. I can't imagine how they must have felt. What a wonderful feeling they felt when they received the good news that he is risen. I could approach my talk from so many different directions and I am still not absolutely certain which one of your wonderful poems I will use.

Kristin said...

Beautiful - all these thoughts have been on my mind much this past month. Love that you can put them into such beautiful poetry.

yaya said...

Beautiful poem. The images are perfect too...I love this time of year and this special holiday. We can all feel the joy in hearing these words: "He is risen"..and know that they are true.

Splendid Little Stars said...

That was wonderful!

Mary said...

Beautiful poetry, perfect with your images~

☆☆Mumsy said...

Oh how beautiful! Just a wonderful reminder to be prepared for Easter..

Judie said...

Your deep spirituality comes through in your words, Sue.

Em said...

beautiful.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Oh, so beautiful!! Thank you for the trip back to that time.

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Beautiful Sue! Praise God for His Son and His amazing Grace!

Amy said...

"He is not here for He has risen" always gives me goosebumps and sends my heart racing. The greatest news ever uttered. Your poem is beautiful.

Jenny said...

Sue, this was thoughtful and beautiful.

Thank you for a lovely stop for Alphabet Soup.

Really perfect.

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