"The Ascension" (artist unknown)‘April Fools Easter: April 1, 2018’ and Other Poetry by James A. Tweedie The Society April 1, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 6 Comments April Fools Easter: April 1, 2018 In dark Gethsemane I was betrayed By Judas’ kiss. I was arrested, tried, Found guilty, beaten, thorn-crowned, mocked, and flayed. Then nailed to the cross on which I died. My lifeless, piercéd body was deposed And quickly laid within a borrowed tomb; Enshrouded, then by sealed stone enclosed, And left to rot in Sheol’s fetid gloom. You thought me dead, and you were not mistaken. You grieved, and wondered how to eulogize A failed Christ—beloved yet forsaken— Who breathed his last before your very eyes. ___Who but a fool would mourn the dead and then ___Expect him in three days to rise again! The Skeptic: An Easter Sonnet Trilogy Part 1: Easter Morning The Sabbath day had come and gone. The rain Had stopped and I was busy on my way To work. The rising sun dispersed the gray Of night in which Jerusalem had lain. The traffic on the Joppa Road was light And, on my left, close by the Gennath Gate, I glimpsed a cross on Golgotha. So straight It stood; a symbol of death’s power and might. Some women, breathless, hurried by and said, “He’s risen! Christ is risen from the dead!” The one they crucified these three days past? These trembling women surely were deceived. The dead stay dead! So I, for one believed. Such idle words of women could not last. Part 2: The Sunday after Easter My old friend Thomas tells the strangest tale; That Jesus lives, who died a criminal. He says he’s seen him, nail holes and all. How odd this seems; like Jonah and the whale! This crazy news has cut me to the core. For what I heard those women say was true. If doubting Tom believes then I must, too. For he has never told me false before. My God! I wonder where this all will lead? For if, in fact, the dead do not stay dead, Then life has meaning far beyond the grave. Perhaps God’s gift of life and love will be Extended, by his Grace, also to me. Perhaps this risen Christ has power to save! Part 3: Several Weeks Later I saw him! Yesterday I went with Tom. He said there was something he had to share. There were at least five hundred of us there Including Jesus’ brothers and his Mom. I had to take off work to go along. We had a picnic lunch, I ate my fill. And as we sat and waited on the hill The risen Christ appeared amidst the throng. I touched him and he looked me in the eye. He asked me if for love of him I’d die? And I replied, for him my life I’d give. He smiled and laid his hands upon my head. “Take up your cross and follow me,” he said. “For if you lose your life for me, you’ll live! James A. Tweedie is a recently retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He likes to walk on the beach with his wife. He has written and self-published four novels and a collection of short stories. He has several hundred unpublished poems tucked away in drawers. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Joe Tessitore April 1, 2018 “If doubting Tom believes then I must, too” Happy Easter to James and Evan and Amy and Sally and Leo and Father Richard and to all’ my poetical partners in rhyme! Reply Fr. Richard Libby April 2, 2018 Happy Easter to you, too, Mr. Tessitore . . . and to everyone else! Reply Amy Foreman April 1, 2018 These are all so beautiful, James, and perfect for the day. My husband and I just read them together and were moved by both your language, and by the truth behind each poem. Just beautiful. With Joe, I wish a very Happy Easter to all who believe! And sincere thanks goes to Evan for publishing the Good Friday poetry by Joseph Salemi, and these Easter morning gems today! Reply C.B. Anderson April 2, 2018 These are very solid poems, both formally and thematically, exactly what we want to see here. Reply Amy Foreman April 2, 2018 I agree with C.B. Anderson. These are well-metered and formalistically pleasing. Great job, James Tweedie. Reply James Sale April 6, 2018 Really enjoyable poems – real poems. And I have to congratulate you James on achieving a rhyme I can’t recall seeing before: Tom/Mom! I do like seeing a rhyme I never expected! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.