Thursday, April 7, 2022

"At the Via Dolorosa"

A Poem for Lent...

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The following poem was inspired by reflections gleaned
while walking along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem,
with a group of fellow-pilgrims
during a tour led by Pastor/Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
of Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ.


Israel Pilgrimage—2006


Twelve feet below

the hustle and bustle and hawking

the crowds, the spices, the wares

of the present Via Dolorosa

lies an ancient pathway

of trodden stones

Yeshua[1] walked upon

in sandaled feet

on His way to Calvary

2000 years ago


ancient stones

stumbling stones

stones Yeshua, weak and weary

likely fell upon as He carried

the cumbersome crossbeam

along that terrible path

to Crucifixion


I remove a shoe

to feel the coolness

of hallowed ground

against my bare sole


We begin singing

Were You There When They

Crucified My Lord


and tremble

tremble, tremble

at the reading

of the Suffering Servant

in Isaiah 53



seem to disappear

It almost feels

like it’s happening here



There’s something


about it


isn’t there?


Maude Carolan Pych

[1] Yeshua is the Name of Jesus in Hebrew.

Maude, reading from her book
at a presentation at the Totowa (NJ) Library.

"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"
by Maude Carolan Pych

is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

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