The Cross is Bleeding

 

Crucifixion 1946 by Graham Sutherland OM 1903-1980
Crucifixion (Graham Sutherland,1946)

 

A crowd of calloused consciences,

Their mockery unrelenting,

Gather ‘round the unlucky tree

And they are not repenting.

The scoffers laugh and laugh and laugh

No signs, nor wonders, heeding

And above their dull and blinded eyes

The Cross, The Cross is bleeding.

 

The thief on the left wears a smirk;

His struggle is ending.

His sense of honour (what little he has)

Aches, and needs defending.

He attacks The Stranger at his side

While his own defeat conceding

But, despite his dark despair,

The Cross, The Cross is bleeding.

 

The thief on the right opens his soul,

His own weakness revealing.

He calls on The Stranger at his side

For relief and healing.

The Stranger’s stripes save his life

For he’s by example leading

And, atop that cursed hill,

The Cross, The Cross is bleeding.

 

The Serpent is gripped with fear,

His powers are receding,

And he becomes a savage Beast

On his own cohort feeding.

The Stranger storms The Serpent’s gates,

A dogged army leading,

And their banner is a crimson cross:

The Cross continues bleeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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