Depiction of Jesus teaching after resurrection by Sions Kirke‘Easter Monday’ by Cynthia Erlandson The Society April 18, 2022 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 6 Comments . Easter Monday Luke 24: 13 – 35 With hearts eclipsed by Friday’s three-day night And eyes still blinded to their master’s face, They hear his sermon, senseless that his light Has thrown the flames of hell to dark disgrace. The evening sun begins to set its fire, Their hearts to burn, the longing lenten night To roll away, and dawning of desire To rise, lit by a death-defying light. His broken hands break bread in sacred rite; Their sudden vision flares to brightest mirth. Their blindness gone, he vanishes from sight; And they, with fiery hearts, will light the earth. from These Holy Mysteries, © 2005, Cynthia Erlandson, and previously published (May 2020) in Forward in Christ . . Cynthia Erlandson is a poet and fitness professional living in Michigan. Her second collection of poems, Notes on Time, has recently been published by AuthorHouse, as was her first (2005) collection, These Holy Mysteries. Her poems have also appeared in First Things, Modern Age, The North American Anglican, The Orchards Poetry Review, The Book of Common Praise hymnal, and elsewhere. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Margaret Coats April 18, 2022 Well done, Cynthia! In this poem of darkness and light, blindness and vision, especially concerning the effect of the turmoil on hearts, I like line 4, “his light/Has thrown the flames of hell to dark disgrace.” The Latin morning-light hymn for the Easter season has “Horrens avernus infremit,” which can be paraphrased, “Shuddering hell groans in useless rage.” Reply Cynthia Erlandson April 18, 2022 Thank you, Margaret! A blessed Easter Monday to you! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant April 19, 2022 Cynthia, ‘Easter Monday’ is beautiful. I love the opening line with its poetic allusion to the eclipse during the crucifixion. I also like the images of fire and light, especially that ‘death-defying light’ – a wonderful linguistic nod to Jesus’ appearance that ties in with the fiery passion and the triumphant spread of light in the closing line perfectly. There are many gleaming treasures in this poem, a glorious piece that begs more than one read. Thank you very much indeed! Reply Cynthia Erlandson April 19, 2022 Thank you so much, Susan! Your encouragement means a lot to me! Reply James Sale April 27, 2022 A very powerful poem – really like the way it builds. Well done. Reply Cynthia Erlandson May 1, 2022 Thank you so much, James! 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.