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Dark Was the Day

by Quentin S Clingerman

Blackness covered the sky
Spilled over onto the gloom of earth
Covered the sun
Raised earthquakes that opened graves
Of saints

Challenged Roman soldiers in their high spirits
While grief stricken women huddled and wept
John stood by to hear through the darkness,
"Take this woman into your home."

Insulting laughter and taunts grew morose
Cutting into the two thieves who joined their chorus
One thief saw through the darkness
"Remember me when you are again in Heaven."

With pitiful cries and bursting heart the Savior
Forgave and gave up His spirit
Centurion saw through the darkness
"Surely this was a Son of God."

Satan shouted in glee
Demons celebrated the death
Blinded by the darkness
Their fate sealed

The veil in the temple keeping separate the Most Holy Place
Was rent in two.
Everyman could now enter into the presence of God through
Christ His Son.

Dark Was the Day (c)2014 Quentin Clingerman


Posted on 03/07/2014
Copyright © 2021 Quentin S Clingerman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/08/14 at 01:53 PM

Well written reenactment / reminder of the true meaning of Easter.

Posted by Nicole D Gregory on 03/08/14 at 06:33 PM

You've captured a sad moment in history. But one that gave us a privilege we would not have had if God had not sent His son. Their relationship at Proverbs 8: 22-31 is one of my favorite that then leads to how they both could then go through what you've re-captured. What a blessing for us as mortals. ~N

Posted by Laura Doom on 03/10/14 at 07:02 PM

Ah! The dark art of irony :>)

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 09/23/14 at 11:58 AM

a tale which rends the heart to read - bittersweet, nevertheless hopeful and beautiful and sad.

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