Peace Donkey On Palm Sunday

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Peace Donkey On Palm Sunday
Blind Man At The Gate

The king approaches on Palm Sunday
Forsaking the glorious war horse
To ride a ridiculous peace donkey

Gentle as the wings of a dove
Inaugurating the reign of love

Conquerors come with hubris, blood, and violence
Riding stallions of famine, war, and pestilence
(They tell me Genghis Khan murdered all of ten million)

The Prince of Peace comes without breaking a bruised reed
Swords are now for plowing, spears are now for pruning
(I’ll tell you for a fact, Jesus of Nazareth killed nary a one)

If Hosanna praises rocket’s red glare: Weep over Jerusalem!
If Hosanna acclaims kingdom come: Let the rocks cry out!

BZ

(The artwork is Triumphal Entry by Emmanuel Nsama, 1969.)

  • Herm

    amen

  • Jordan

    *Like*

    … and I always love your art choices.

  • Thank you. I give a good deal of thought to my art choices.

  • As I read this poem I had to remind myself that the deepest form of communication is found in symbolism and poetry. Thanks for writing this. I’ve been meditating on it as I prepare a Palm Sunday message. The stanza that stands out is:

    “If Hosanna praises rocket’s red glare: Weep over Jerusalem!
    If Hosanna acclaims kingdom come: Let the rocks cry out!”

    It’s so striking that the Hosanna cries are not for a Jesus looking Messiah, but better suited for a Maccabaeus type conquering Messiah. We praised the Messiah we wanted, and crucified the Messiah we needed, the Prince of Peace.