11, Apr

Reflection for Easter in poetry

Author: SEO

 

 

In this Easter reflection we remember the ‘buried hopes‘ of over 65 million displaced, refugee and asylum seeking children, women and men across our world who seek safety, dignity, protection and justice.

The Stone‘ (1994) is a poem by Raphael Consedine pbvm (1928 – 2000) published by Presentation Sisters Victoria in a collection of Raphael’s poems entitled Songs of the Journey (2001) and reprinted in 2015. 

As Presentation people, we join the cry to You, O God:
Roll back the stone and bid us stand within the silent, waiting, emptied place of resurrection.”

Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga and friends at the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees in Sydney on 9 April 2017 #BringThemHere #LetThemStay

THE STONE 

Who will roll away the stone

that lies between us and our buried hopes?

Who will roll away the stone

that we may touch our deaths and grieve

for what has been, and is not, nor shall be again?

A lifetime’s griefs are gathered in this stone,

nor have we power to lift its crushing weight –

that task is not for mortal hands alone.

Then from the depths we cry to You, O God:

Roll back the stone!

Roll back the stone!

Roll back the stone and bid us stand within

the silent, waiting, emptied place of resurrection.

 

When we had reached

the proper place

in the rinsed dawn

we saw at once

the conquered stone

had become radiance

its dead weight

only a whisper of words

right for a garden

where darkness guards life at its roots

until the time.

Then we knew,

knew beyond feeling,

where we must seek

our heart’s yearning.

The Living One is awaiting us

at the very heart

of this new day.

 

‘The Stone’ (1994) by Raphael Consedine pbvm (1928-2000). Published 2001 by Presentation Sisters Victoria in Songs of the Journey. Reprinted 2015.

 

 

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