Thought I'd take a stab at something a bit seasonal, and hopefully positive in nature.
As a child, and an Altar Boy, I memorized the entire Mass, in Latin, no less. And this was one of my favorite words - LAVABO.
Oh, to be sure, the poem is not flawless, it flows from the mind to the keyboard.
I rarely have, nor even know, any set pattern - but the THEME is what is paramount.
Since I stopped attending Mass, several years ago, what I truly miss most is singing in the choir on Easter Morn -
The Hallelujah Chorus - of Handel's Messiah ...
Copyright: 03-13-08 - Tom Hyland
I Will Wash my Hands Among the Innocent,
These Words are said at every Mass.
Their Source from Pontius Pilate,
Governor of the Ruling Class.
The Act of Washing is a Symbol,
Which Means - Don’t Blame Me!
Ergo - it is Your Choice,
Which Nails Him to the Tree!
The Agony, and the Ecstasy,
The First, occurring in the Garden,
Known as Gethsemane,
The Latter would come Later, Saving all Men!
Thirty Pieces of Silver,
That is all it Took,
And Two Millennia Later,
‘Tis Still - Symbol of a Crook!
A Sneak-Thief is what he Was,
Judas Iscariot ‘Twas his Name,
And for all Eternity,
He Would Bear the Blame!
Oh, the Pieces of Silver
Were Returned to the Temple,
Thrown Downward in Remorse,
But the Die was Cast, of Course!
Yes, They Hanged Him on a Tree,
For All the World to See,
He Died in Total Humility,
Willingly - for You - and for Me!
Lavabo - I will Wash -
The Washing of the Feet,
A Symbol of Servitude,
Maundy Thursday - the Cycle is Complete!
The Ecstasy - Occurred on Easter Morn,
He Is Risen! Was Proclaimed,
Death has been Defeated,
Now All Can be Re-Born!
Many Millions Believe,
Other Millions Don’t,
He Was - and Is - The Messiah,
This Mystery Continues to Taunt!
Is it not the Spirit of the Law,
That is of such Import?
Do Unto Others -
Should be our Retort!
Spring - a Re-Awakening, a Re-Birth,
Eggs - Ova - Crocus - Gladiolas Galore,
The Dawn of New Creation,
What Fool could Ask for More?
There is the Religious Celebration,
Perhaps Pruned from the Pagan Rite,
But Are not Both Synonymous,
To Enhancing our Lives - Subduing our Plight?
Lavabo - I Will Wash -
Remove the Unclean - the Filth -
Do Penance - Repent - Pay Alms -
Restitution for my Pelf!
Pilferage - to Take Another’s Belongings,
They Drew Lots To Win his Clothes,
Yes, Life is a Gamble,
And, Giving His - He Chose!
This Coming Sunday Is the One of Palms,
Hosanna In The Highest - They Chanted,
Waving A-High Each Branch,
As Proudly they Did Dance!
At The Last Supper, He did Implore Them,
Do This - In Memory of Me,
Then The Paschal Lamb was Slammed -
Alas! He Died For Thee!
But, Oh Glorious Morning,
Like the Sun He Did Arise!
The Resurrection Was Completed,
The Son of Man Did Defeat His Demise!
Lavabo - I Will Wash -
But - He Did It With His Blood!
As Blessed Easter Dawns this Year,
I Trust His Love Will Find You Near!
Happy Easter! Tom.
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|Reviewed by Michelle Mead
|I really enjoyed this, and I love the Latin Mass, watch it on EWTN nightly. This is such a good poem for people who may not be familiar with Jesus, great job.|
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Top notch, in the abbey we do still do latin.
I love the peace in the Benedictine abbey, thinking of becoming an oblate.... top write...
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Somehow, I knew we had this in common, too, my friend. I was an Altar Boy for many, many years, and I, too, knew those old Latin Masses forward and backward. And Happy Easter, to you!|
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Beautiful and very enlightening! Have a very Happy and Blessed Easter....
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|And a Happy Easter to you too. This is such a complete poem. I say that in after reading it, I had no questions, nor did I feel like I was missing something. I ended it with an amen. Brilliant poem. Liz|
|Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
|Tom, this is absolutely beautiful! "Flowing from the mind..." ain't a bad thing; your words and form couldn't be improved upon. You've covered most all the high-points of the Catholic world. I still miss Mass in Latin, tho. We always had our Missal (still do). Wow...another side of our man Tom! MORE...
Yeah, this is beautiful, and a keeper.
Thanks - Micke
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|The thirty pieces of silver are still the most powerful tool of that wich you call Satan, and the other is washing his hands in absolvency, nothing has changed, your poem will speak to this for many a century more, Happy Easter,to you too Tom!|
|Reviewed by Connie Faust
|I always had a "Sunday Missal" and read the English side of the page, desiring to know what was being said.
Your poem is very interesting and meaningful, and I think lavabo is a beautiful word. The meaning behind is much more beautiful, especially as in your last verse--"He did it with His blood.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|I remember the Catholic mass; remembered them doing it in both Latin and English; brings back many memories. Thanks for sharing, Tom; happy Easter to you and yours, and may God bless you!
Very well penned; bravo!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Still go to church; now go to an Assembly of God church! :)
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|If one cannot do mass in english, then they should move back to wherever it is Latin is used as an everyday language...;) e|
|Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
|Oh my heavens is this you TK,very nice writing sweetie,Happy Easter Tom..stay safe and well...HUgsssss,and much love|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Growing up Catholic, I remember Mass said in Latin. As for understanding what it said ... not a clue. A mystery! Glad they went to English.
Still, a beautiful, thought provoking pen here, well done, and Happy Easter.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.