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Calvary: A Meditation

“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side,

and forthwith came there out blood and water.”

— John 19:34, King James Version

 

 

His ministry, on the cross for all to see.

His body, the living bread.

His blood, drink of eternal life.

His cupful of suffering,

willingly drained for our salvation.

The water

that John writes poured from His side

when the Romans pierced it

after His death –

O bless also the water!

In the river Jordan He was baptized.

From the aquatic depths

came the two fish

that fed five thousand.

Christ walked on the mercurial surface,

tamed the stormy waves.

He found Simon Peter,

rock of his church,

at the Sea of Galilee.

Praise Jesus, Amen.

 

 

 

At Golgotha

 

“… now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled …”

— John 19:23-24, King James Version

 

Jesus, so dear

I call him Master,

whipped, crucified.

How could this have happened?

I want to give him water,

staunch the blood.

If not for the guards,

I’d free Him.

I ache to stop

the butchers casting lots

for His coat.

The baying mob unnerves me –

I forget this was foretold.

I have heard He will rise again,

but what I see raises doubts.

Unworthy senses!

I’d rather have Him now,

healing, teaching, heartening us.

I will mourn.

I will remember.

If He rises

I will shout,

“Hallelujah!”

 

Biography:

Sylvia Riojas Vaughn has work pending in an anthology of poets living in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Her work has appeared in Red River Review, The Muses’ Gallery, Triadæ, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, Texas Poetry Calendar, HOUSEBOAT, Beechwood Review, The Applicant, Diálogo, Label Me Latina/o, Somos en escrito: The Latino literary online magazine, Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, and numerous other anthologies and journals. She has been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet three times. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she belongs to the Dallas Poets Community.

 

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