“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 1, 2015
When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, Sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He is calling for Elijah.” ~Mark 15:33-35
The One who told the raging storm, “Be still!”
Hung silent on a cross as darkness fell
Across the land, a shadow veil, until
He cried out from a dark place in His soul:
“My God! My God!” he shouted through a haze,
“Why have you forsaken Me?” and groaned.
No angels came, no chariot to save;
Abandoned and deserted, left alone,
Who once had spoken to the darkness, “Light!”
Creation’s life that He Himself would be.
But now the darkened sun forbore to shine
While Light hung dying on a killing tree.
They mocked Him, “Let us see Elijah come”
And to the dark Light willingly succumbed.
(c) 2014 Clay Clarkson