divine chiaroscuro


we mark a dark yet holy day

when Light himself was crucified

condemned by men, unjustly tried


son suffered, father turned away

wrapped up in gloom, laid in cold tomb

“now God is dead!” the demons say


to save from shadow’s curse, light died

we mark a dark yet Good Friday.







27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bryan Ens
    Mar 28, 2016 @ 07:53:22

    The change from your first to final line brings extra power to am already powerful poem.


  2. mishunderstood
    Mar 27, 2016 @ 17:01:16

    A powerful poem that along with recently watching The Passion, has vividly reminded me of the sacrifice made for us.


  3. Sanaa Rizvi
    Mar 27, 2016 @ 12:17:04

    Beautiful Good Friday Octain ❤


  4. Gay Reiser Cannon
    Mar 26, 2016 @ 17:30:41

    Beautifully constructed – it supports the message so distinctly and perfectly. I forget how this poetry form forces one to find the right rhymes and just the right amount of text. Lovely.


  5. whimsygizmo
    Mar 26, 2016 @ 00:40:48

    YES. Perfection.


  6. Ginny Karpinski Brannan
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 21:07:46

    Rhyme and format well done. I like how you captured the “darkness” of this day.


  7. Candy
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 19:39:46

    this so well expresses the feel of this day
    Happy Easter


  8. Bodhirose
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 19:11:45

    You describe the narrow-mindedness and cruelty of some human beings so well with the line “when Light himself was crucified.” Very well done, Lynn.


  9. Mary
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 18:23:20

    Yes, another Good Friday! I have wondered…why the name Good Friday….when the happenings are not at all good!


  10. Walt Wojtanik
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 16:13:46

    Timely and contemplative, Lynn!


  11. petrujviljoen
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 13:41:25

    Created a fitting atmosphere with this poem.


  12. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 13:26:55

    Oh so well done, Lynn, and how timely.


  13. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 12:52:56

    This is a wonderful Octain, Lynn. The line that got me was the one about the Father turning away, as I’ve been reflecting a lot on the feeling Jesus had of being abandoned by the Father.


  14. Grace
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 12:48:59

    Very timely for Good Friday Lynn:

    to save from shadow’s curse, light died

    we mark a dark yet Good Friday.

    Also love the mid-rhyme of gloom/tomb ~

    Happy Easter !!!!


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