No Poisoned Chalice

 

 

  

A Poem for the Feast of Corpus Christi

 

 

Do this, he told us,

to fuel remembering

he made a present

of the transfigured future

in mundane token

 

 

He knocked the scaffold

of proud heritage away

incorporating

Hope so that hardened magma

was inspired to melt

 

 

Fellowship was good

dipping bread together in

herb-tinctured unction

sipping the same sanguine cup

Love's Grace abounding

 

 

We'd hone our purpose

re-enacting these shared times

communion scenes

would stiffen our endeavour

to see Rome remove

 

 

its heel from our necks

Caesar's laurels bite the dust

monuments fall; the

Eternal City laid waste

foreign rulers done

 

Tau

 

 

 

That was then; how dim

our understanding of him

Earth did not bind him

stone was already shattered

the stakes raised higher

 

 

Former things were gone

We were past death and dying

He'd been there, done that

on our behalf; we lived now

in him, he in us

 

 

The rate of exchange

was wondrously outlandish

the currency, bread

dough fired in the kiln, and fruit

of the blood-fed vine

 

 

At one, all savour

this new future perfect feast

earnest of our will

now no mortal wasted crumb

no poisoned chalice.

 

 

 

 

 

 Poem from Jericho Rose, Songs from the Wilderness (collection in preparation).