“7” Virtual Art-Walk: Day 4
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned (forsaken) me?” Mark 15:34
I taste the juice of forbidden fruit
dripping from Adam’s mouth.
And in my hand, the dagger
that killed Cain’s brother. My arms
are sore from building Babel.
Abraham’s fear rolls in my gut.
I cling to Sodom as it burns, connive
for the birthright at Isaac’s bedside,
stand by as my sons slaughter a city,
hear the roar of weeping women
whose husbands die by the blade
of my knife. I go into a prostitute
and father two sons by my daughter-in-law.
A slave now free, I wander the desert
longing for Egypt under my feet.
I take the vow of a Nazirite and eat
from the carcass of a dead animal,
kill thirty men for unraveling a riddle.
The men I’ve murdered to marry their women.
The cold shoulder I’ve given to collapse
All of this and more,
borne upon my spirit, every crime
a hornet in my chest. I ask and know
the answer, groan the question anyway,
out of this agony, “My God, my God,
why hast thou forsaken me?”
~ Sarah M. Wells (C) 2010
Bonus: Here’s a dance school working with another piece of music from the same album (Cindy Morgan The Loving Kind) – BEaUtiful movement!
“7” Virtual Art-Walk Posts by Day:
- Intro: What is the “7” virtual art-walk?
- Day 1: “Father, forgive them…”
- Day 2: “Today you will be with me…”
- Day 3: “Dear Woman, here is your son…”
- Day 5: “I am thirsty.”
- Day 6: “It is finished!”
- Day 7: “Father, into your hands…”
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
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3 thoughts on ““…why have you forsaken me?” Last 7 Words of Jesus in Art, Poetry & Music (Create-A-Day #63)”
Beautiful! I’m always amazed at the various mediums God uses to speak to us.
Jody, what a wonderful focus this has been. It is a completely different way to appreciate the life and death of Christ Jesus.
Jody, I have never read anything like this. I was riveted on this day between Good Friday and Easter. Thanks for this, sweet one.