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Nathan Harms

About this Christian Poet:
Nathan is the founder and Executive Director of Utmost Christian Writers Foundation.

Simon of Cyrene

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. Mark 15:21

One afternoon you’re wandering
—lost among strange streets—
when a cross lands on your shoulders.
You’re a broad-shouldered plowman
in from the fields for a week
and soldiers with spears
say you’re up to the task.
The sun shines only on you
but you wish you’d stayed at home.

When you’ve climbed the hill
where they’ll plant the cross
they strip it from you
seed it with nails
and water it with a man.
You straighten your spine
to join the crowd
but all that light still shines on you.
The stem falls into the hole
and a man cries out.
Thunder sighs. Then it rains.

There are conversations on every hand
but you hear the one between two crosses:
     Remember Me!
     In paradise!
One afternoon you’re wandering
—lost among strange streets—
but the next thing you know
you’re in the right place.

Copyright©2007 by Nathan Harms