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Ode to Michelangelo's " The Deposition"

Ode to Michelangelo’s  “The Deposition”

O divine light
You have cast shadows upon the eyes of Him
And they have warranted His blood.
His hands maimed from hate or duty
His fingers curl from wretched pain.
I who have Loved Him
Carry His burden it is not heavy.
Love has no weight
Love sees divine
Do we hide our sorrow
Do we hide from those
Who are the shadows?
I see wounds of flesh
Cast deep in darkness 
Cast deep into the stone soul of man.
I long to breathe life where life no more breathes
I mourn our loss
The city himself grieves in pain and suffering
and carries the body
with those who recognize
the pain of the earth.
We have dined and beheld
We have listened and followed
Yet disgraced by jealous power
This lifeless lamb
Has paid the price.

SACRIFICE! Oh great sacrifice.
How could Your Light sacrifice and 
For what?
For Who?
Why?
O Love Divine
I SEEK Your Eyes
To understand this blight
To All Mankind.

Our arms cry
Our hearts faint
And who are we
To Love this man.
To see this Light Divine.
To wrap His wounds and bathe in Love
To feel his flesh so torn.
His Passion stole
By shadows.
His head a lighted Crown.
O Son of Thine Light
He will live on
The story we will tell.
Our silent stone froze in time
Redeems beyond All Hell.
Our pain is set and passion spells
Carved in every line.
Our humbled hoods 
Our weakened hands
Yet firm in Thy belief.
Stand in the light
And see it move
Across the face of Thine.
It chases shadows,
Creates a Crown,
O Great Light Divine.


Jeralynn B. Clark





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Date: 12/15/2009 4:20:00 PM
Keep that pen going.I bet you are almost out of ink.
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Date: 12/4/2009 11:34:00 PM
Beautiful offering for the contest. It should be a winner. Thank you for your comments on my poem. Love, Joyce
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Date: 12/4/2009 7:51:00 AM
Wow, Jeralynn, this is stunning. A beautiful poem. Best Wishes in the contest. ~ Carrie
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