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Ellen Gray

Honorable Mention: 2017 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest $100

About this Christian Poet:
I am in teacher in Pleasanton, California where I live with my husband and two children.  

About this Poem:
I enjoy trying to find the right word, the struggle to capture in poetry the mysteries of faith and grace.

Pilate's Wife Listen's for Crickets

The crucifixions come after Passover
the chant of Pharisees
the cry of thieves
and what about me?
when your days are a lie
and your mirages are true
you go a little bit mad
 
from the window I see hanging
dead bodies, I shiver in loneliness
pacing over palace floors
rolling my sins over and over and
over, into an obsessive stone
standing like a cruel idol
on the path to green pastures
 
how unfixable living is
the weakness of laws
the losing rebellions
the blind violence of driving
a rusty nail through a human hand
 
three nights on earth
can feel like an eternity
waiting at the window
waiting at the door
waiting at the gate
for something like good news
 
the little chirp of life
almost starts too late
the silent grip of the night broken
by a beating chorus
neither seraphim or cherubim
but the lyrics of crickets
singing in the dark garden
repeating and repeating,
notes like a heartbeat
the comfort of call
and answer, assurance
revealed in the song
of a humble creature's wings.

Copyright ©2017 by Ellen Gray