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Christ and Chagall at the Gates of Jerusalem

written by: Bob Jensen



And he did ride unto Jerusalem
Upon the timid foal of a donkey
Never ridden
And it was blue and deep
As Autumn’s crisping sky

And on his smooth shoulders
He wore a robe
The colour of blood
And the very stones
Did cry out to him
And the day was golden
As amber steps
In streams of honey
Surrounded by April wheat
The colour of the sun
And the horizon did bleed
Streaks of saffron
Like a newborn’s tears
For Friday afternoon

And a warm wind
Blew behind him
Braided with lavender
And lilac
And sweet Jasmine
Like a gift from the east

Upon his head a crown of light
Imperceptible to the human eye
Like a far off nebula
A million light years across
But seen with the heart
Beneath a rib cage
That would spread itself
For one small glance
Like the sting of the honey bee
A selfless act
To put oneself before another

And the faces of the people
Were like springtime
Where blossoms white
Betray the pink of infancy
And the greenest shoots
Leap towards heaven
From the cracked
And thirsty Earth

And the prayers of the innocent
Did flow like sweet water
In the desert
Before the feral sun
Should carry it to paradise
On the back of an updraft
Like the Pegasus
Who will not suffer
To plod upon the land

And the very gates
Of the city shook
As the plates of the Earth
Awaited their instructions
And the sun prepared
To hide itself away
For the answer to the question
Of that justice had arrived
To sate that hungry gate
Unto the Holy City
What is Truth?

Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen has been writing poetry, music and prose his whole life.
He currently resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he works as a booking agent for folk musicians from around the world.
His award winning novel, The Matchbox Funeral, is available on Amazon.
Bob Jensen

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