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La Pieta

Then, he knew why he must hew
old memories from marble- 
emotions quarried from heart's slew- 
Oblique fight with his faith's garble

Cut block unfolds Christ, enthroned
on mother's lap- death sleep supine...
Sculptor's concepts cast in stone,
art wrestles with thoughts divine.

And sorrow, stilled in her young face,
speaks truth of words kept in her heart-
mother, son, distilled in saving grace,
sacred words saved in graven art.

A pity, the piety
so few true onlookers saw...
Revealed in society-
few look on In devoted awe.


Now she knows why she must express
emotions whittled away, and smoothed
from quarried heart's deep distress-
The process leaves her soothed...

Such feelings are not cast in stone-
Warmly carved in reflective marble, maybe,
as he wrestled with tempestuous thoughts
burning, guiding hands that draped 
unmoving drapes over motionless shapes,
shaping faith that cannot be bought.

And the tenderness on her gentle face
belies the hurt of curse's sword driven
straight through her mother heart...all trace
of ancient prophecy hidden.
Till truth, preserved, be told.

Had he not told them many times
he would return, come back to life?
And that word was kept, unfailing.

And the stone was moved, revealing...

Posted: 22nd April 2019.
Note: I am totally in awe of the stupendous sculptures produced over the centuries.
Miraculous as they are, I believe in greater miracles, the resurrection of Christ being just that.
I am also a mother of two grown up sons.
My little miracles...<3 <3
Luke 2:25-35. Luke 24:1-8

Copyright © Aqua Marine | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 5/14/2019 2:58:00 PM

    Your expressions of faith and emotion are felt by the reader. Sadly, many of Christendom's relics are venerated, her statues and idols virtually worshiped, not to mention the heathen influence that creeps in ever so subtly. As for me, like Jesus and the apostles of old I "walk by faith, not by sight"
  1. Date: 5/13/2019 11:41:00 AM

    Yes, well crafted my friend...Michelangelo sculpted 'La Pieta' when he was just are a sculptor in your own rights my friend...a poetic one...^WW^
  1. Date: 5/12/2019 3:04:00 PM

    Hello Aqua Marine, I also agree with Robert, You should do another poem like this one. have a nice evening my friend.
  1. Date: 5/1/2019 9:50:00 AM

    I agree with Robert. A very marvelous writing!
  1. Date: 4/30/2019 5:15:00 AM

    I came again to read this marvelous poem my friend. I wish you would cast forth another such beauty for us to enjoy reading... Have BLESSED DAY....
  1. Date: 4/24/2019 6:37:00 AM

    I am truly and greatly honored to add this fantastic jewel to my fav list. Its depths of beauty, its grandeur in insight and brilliantly woven verses awe me, my great and immensely talented friend! You are without any doubt in my mind, a true poet's poet. A fav,, as it gleameth so..
  1. Date: 4/22/2019 11:22:00 PM

    A very impressively conveyed expression of deep knowledge of and appreciation for the great artworks of man, and a deeper faith in that beyond man. Also great care in your reference to your sons. A very fine poem, fave.