“Cross Words” is a seven sonnet sequence based on one word from each of the seven last sayings of Christ on the cross (see all here).
March 31, 2015
When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. ~John 19:26-27
“Behold!” The word resounded with command.
“Behold!” he shouted, “Look upon Your King.”
Pilate reasoned they would understand;
The Son of Man stood waiting to be seen.
They nailed Him to a cross on Calvary,
Below Him, mother and beloved friend.
Others waited, hoping they would see
One last thing to behold before the end.
He looked to Mary, “Woman, behold your son.”
His tender eyes assured; it was enough.
To John, “Behold, your mother as your own.”
His last appeal, in dying, simply love.
“Behold, the Lamb of God,” who takes our sin,
The humble King, unseen, His reign begins.
(c) 2014 Clay Clarkson