Sunday, October 9, 2016

On the stone

After Genesis 22:1-14 and Hebrews 11:17-19

He stands quietly, silently
as he finds himself lifted
to the stone and told to lie still

he watches the hands
bind him with rope
he says nothing but sees

the knife as it’s pulled
from its sheath, glistening
in the flashing sunlight

as the knife is raised
above him he closes
his eyes and waits

for the pain that
without warning
doesn’t come, stopped
by a voice to his father
by his father

Photograph by Petr Kratochvil via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

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