“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).
April 2, 2015
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scriptures, said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. ~John 19:28-29
Healer of the sick and lame, the blind
Eyes opened by His spittle in the mud,
Now says, “I thirst,” no miracle this time
But Scripture is fulfilled in all He does.
The Living Water – spilled for all to quench
The thirst of every sin-parched, seeking soul –
Tastes of the soured wine that bears the stench
Of death that He must suffer for their fall.
The time had come, no tears were left to cry;
The work had been accomplished, all was done.
The cross had squeezed all life from Him, now dry –
A spent, discarded, sacrificial sponge.
But heaven’s rain was coming soon to send
A river, living water without end.
(c) 2014 Clay Clarkson