the other pieta — Integrated Catholic Life™

catholic poetry room This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by James Green.

the other pieta

a mother’s son
hangs from a tree

branch bobbing
body swinging
she hugs his legs

still swelling
kisses his feet
and weeps such that

no one can comfort her 
such that no one dare
disturb grief this utter

someone cuts the rope
with the body still
in his mother’s arms

and it splats on the ground
with a sound only
lifeless flesh can make

her lamentations echo
all the way
to Calvary


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