Friday, March 22, 2024

"Blood Sky"

 A-Poem-a-Day Until Resurrection Day


Good Friday 2014, Packanack Lake, New Jersey

“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” Joel 2:30-31 NASB


The alarm went off at 3:00 a.m., Tuesday

We went outdoors to gaze at the sky

hoping to get a glimpse

of the first blood moon of the tetrad—

Passover, 2014


It was there, but we couldn’t see it

Dense clouds obscured our view


Blood moon or not, this week is crimson—

I’ve been thinking about blood in the Nile

blood on the lintels

death of the firstborn sons


I bought blood oranges in Fairway, yesterday

Had one for breakfast. It was sweet


Today is Good Friday—

I am meditating upon the atonement

the Cross, the death of my Savior


Now it’s evening—

I’m on my way to the Good Friday service

at the Jerusalem Center in Wayne

As I drive down Osborne Terrace

approaching Packanack Lake

the sky is incredible—amazing—red as blood

fiery red, red like I’ve never seen it before


As the setting sun shines on the still water

the lake mirrors the brilliant crimson firmament

and I can’t help thinking of old Moses

as he dipped his staff into the Nile river


At the Jerusalem Center, the dancers

fittingly extol the Lamb Who was slain, and

Jonathan speaks of the sun setting and rising—

endings and beginnings


and I feel God may be telling me something, or

am I so deeply aware of Him this holy week

that I see Him everywhere

and in every blessed thing


Maude Carolan Pych

Here's a picture of me and my book

in Barnes & Noble, Woodland Park, NJ,

shortly after it was published.

"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"

by Maude Carolan Pych

is available online 

at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, etc.

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