Friday, March 25, 2022

Sweating blood

After Luke 22:39-46

He sets himself

apart, as he is known

to do, to pray,

usually a means

to restore the spirit,

restore the strength,

but not this time,

this time a prayer

of, first, avoidance,

understanding what

is to come, and asking

it be taken away, followed

by, second, acceptance

of what must come.


The answer is an angel,

a presence to strengthen,

a presence of certainty

of what is imminent, 

and the response is

more fervent prayer,

an agony of prayer,

the words coming

from the agony

of the soul, an agony

so intense that sweat

falls like drops

of blood.


Photograph by Mathilda Khoo via Unsplash. Used with permission.

1 comment:

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Such moving verses . . .
Blessings, Glynn!