It Was Very Dark

it was very dark

so trees reared up like monster men

with mouths that gaped—in giant maws

but dark. and close. and stark.

the night was starbled bright!

a legion full of many men

like scuttering roaches in the light

and sticks and staves and might.

“Jesus come, step near.”

the ringing call of rebel law

that draws away before His face,

 falls to earth in awe and fear.

they bind the hands with rope

as in a the crowd a miracle:

a man with newly mended ear

marches off the Life and Hope.

so stands the Christ the spark

that flamed a fire of horror tall.

could He not flee the death and pall?

for…it was so very dark.

Photo by Jason Stewart,

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