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The Unknown Gardener

“I’m the unknown gardener my name is mentioned in the bible, but no one need honor me. 
Just a pauper, I was in the garden that day, but my only contribution to grace works was filthy 
rags.

Hearing a rumbling it seemed from deep inside the ground, I looked toward a tomb which had a 
huge stone place over it’s mouth. As I looked I saw a steady lighting flashing, so bright it 
dimmed my sight, emitting from the tomb around the rock’s edges.

The lighting stopped as suddenly as it had began, as once more I heard a scrubbing noise and 
saw two celestial beings in shining apparel, as they rolled the huge stone away from the mouth 
of the sepulcher. I was amazed, made weak in the knees, my countenance was overcome.

One of the celestial being said, “Fear not I am Michael, the archangel, I came to attend the 
Master. This day thou also hath somewhat to offer unto him.” I wondered, amazed within myself 
as I pondered in my feeble mind, ‘What on earth could a meager pauper have of worth to 
give!’

A beautiful being stepped forth from the tomb, such the like I have never before seen or after! 
When he spoke his voice was as the sound  of many waters, such as a gently rushing water 
fall. He said, “Behold I am the first, and the last, I was alive and was dead, and now I am alive 
for evermore. It is finished!”…The two angels, I saw no more.

“Thy name is called Ishmael, born after the flesh, I have heard thy afflictions. This day it 
behooves thee to be a signet necessity of my Father’s will, representing all of mankind,
 for their righteousness of concepts be as fifty rags. Give unto me thy clothes and I will 
cleans them for thy are metaphoric of the fleshly unrighteousness of all humankind.”

I gave him my clothes and I understood not, but I felt amazingly clean. He clothed
himself with my clothes and said, “Remember this day, for flesh will prophesy this truth in the 
last days. In an inspirational writing that I will give thee utterance to write. You will entitle 
it, ‘The Unknown Gardener’ then you will understand the signet!”

With this, He vanished from my presence. This same day has became know as Easter morning, the day of resurrection. 
And the fleshly concepts of sin as the casting off of filthy rags! My natural senses returned and I arose from the vision. 
I was astonished for seven days. At the end of which I wrote the understanding of the vision. This is what Easter means to me!
                               Selah!!

For and in Honor of Gwendolen Rix
And Contest: What Easter Means to me!


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  1. Date: 4/24/2011 8:40:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning on the contest. Happy Easter to you and your family. God Bless love phyl

  1. Date: 4/23/2011 12:43:00 PM
    big kudos to you, john... love st. michael!! :) huggs

  1. Date: 4/23/2011 10:54:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem....George

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 9:02:00 PM
    First place for a first-rate poem! Can you see me smiling? So happy for you, John. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 8:10:00 PM
    Congrats Moses my friend on your first place win in What Easter Means to Me contest with this elegant and exciting extolling of the reason for celebration luv.. so happy and honored to be sharing first place with u and George.. bravo ..sharing the wisdom with us all..luv..

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 6:03:00 PM
    Simply magnficent Moses.. a classic piece of poetry ..'one of a kind' tribute to the Master who died during Holy Week and this gardener unaware... bringing in Michael the Arachangel was fabulous.. a powerful entity luv.. good luck in the contest.. know Gwendolen will luv this piece.. most inspiring ...

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 11:53:00 AM
    Very lovely words, John : ) Jack

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 10:07:00 AM
    John, I just love your poem about the "unknown gardener" who witnessed Michael the Archangel appearing at Christ's tomb. I was researching Mary Magdeline and read she was the first to see Christ emerge from the tomb. What a sight this must have been to behold! You told the gardener's story so well. Wishing you success in the contest, dear friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 9:25:00 AM
    Beautiful write my friend.... thanks for sharing today...Michael