L’Chaim!

the-concert-1957

L’Chaim!
Blindman At the Gate

Water turned to wine
The miracle is the time
That it did not take
For common to turn extraordinaire
Tap water transformed to carménère
Drawn from pots of ritual purity
Taken to the master of the party
Hints of plum and kingdom come
Salute!

In Nazareth he was called the carpenter
In Cana he became a master vintner
Sommelier said it’s a hundred point wine
The miracle-worker did it without a vine
A whole barrel of vintage year thirty
Better than the best from Cape Verde
All so the feast would not cease
A toast to Mary for her idea
L’chaim!

We walked from Nazareth to Cana
In the fall of my fifty-fourth year
Talking Jesus all along the way
Took us the better part of a day
Every other store up and down the line
A Christian selling some kind of wine
Call it a entrepreneurial witness to—
Jesus’ first miracle
Cheers!

Water turned to wine
The mystery is the time
It takes for my own transformation
A slow and painful fermentation
With a soul like crushed grapes
I’m a dusty bottle in God’s cellar
But the winemaker knows his craft
He makes all things beautiful in their time
Hallelujah!

BZ

When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become. –Henri Nouwen

(The artwork is The Concert by Marc Chagall, 1957)

  • Herm

    I love your poem shared with us, thank you.

    You made me think back that in poems by Homer ambrosia is the food and nectar is the drink of the gods. In The Gospel God’s broken body becomes the food and His spilt blood the drink for Man that we cannot live on alone, but on every word that comes from Their mouth we can.

    To life my friend, to life!

  • StevenParsons

    Love it.