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Easter: Crowned in thorn by War Cry editor Nigel Bovey

28 March 2013 - 1:41pm
| by Gaby

Nature’s defenders
Of blood-red bloom in palace park
And barren brier
On common ground.

Enrobed from flax -
Pale fibre of death
Birthed in blood-soaked,
Bitter soil
Of wasteland.

Gifted a reed
By bloodthirsty cynics -
A serpentine sceptre
Grown on the margins
Of watery grave.

Crown, robe and reed:
His vestments in death,
Investment of life
Laid down.

Barren or bitter,
Magisterial, marginalised,
We share common ground.
Human nature crowned him.

Sinful nature crucified him,
Our sin nailed him to the cross.


From his thorn
Our flesh can see God.
In his robe
We can be adorned.
By his death
We can share his life.

Nigel Bovey

War Cry 30 March 2013
Photo credit: Kippa Matthews/York Mystery Plays 2012


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