Sunday, April 20, 2014

"Cardinal Red"


                      A
                  ride
            through
        Jerusalem's
      gate, the start of
< our lOrd's passion,
     Palm Sunday Mass,
      the votive Mass of the 
        Precious Blood, martyrdom
          of the apostles, all but John, and
          special feast days of martyrs who've
            given their lives so one may believe. Yet red
              also symbolizes the love of God, a burning flame sent
                on Pentacost, tongues of fire dancing above beloved apostles - flames coming to rest
                  upon their head. For enlightenment that would lead to death - and life everlasting
                     Red for confirmation; becoming part of the living fire.   Red for votive Masses 
                       of the Holy Spirit.  Red vestments are worn to awaken the faithful to a 
                           sense of sacred time.  A visible way to present the holy, the
                              mystery made visible, a means to help celebrate a 
                                  love for Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
                                     I'm named for the red robes worn by
                                          the Roman Catholic cardinals.
                                              View my fiery beauty, 
                                              hear my vibrant song.
                                                 h                  h                
                                                 a                  a
                                                 l                   l
                                                 l                   l
                                                 e                  e
                                                 l                   l
                                              ujah!              ujah!
                                               

This is for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Mini Challenge for Easter Sunday" - a concrete or shape poem.  It's not so much a poem, but what red stands for in the Catholic Church.  I'm strapped for time this weekend and I hope to come back and rephrase it a bit to make it a bit more "musical" or poetic.


For the month of April, I am participating in NaPoWriMo2014 or National Poetry Writing Month.  The website is HERE.

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13 comments:

grapeling said...

impressive, Margaret! ~

C.C. said...

Very creative!

Kay L. Davies said...

Wow, very impressive. The bird is beautiful, and the words so true to this weekend.
Thank you for sharing this with us, Margaret, your faith and love shine brightly through it.
K

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is an astoundingly effective poem, Margaret, and so appropriate to the season and religious festival. Your use of colour and shape have made a profound impact on the words themselves. Well done!

Sumana Roy said...

love the word play, layout,spirit
of spring, music, light, color &
everything that's been incorporated here...outstanding

Grace said...

Shape and red color, I too am impressed Margaret ~ Just perfect for Easter Sunday ~

jo-hanna said...

This is a shining example.

Mama Zen said...

That is awesome, Margaret!

hedgewitch said...

I don;t know how you were avle to do this Margaret--it took me hours to make a shape that was mostly straight lines. Thanks for the lesson in the symbolism of the color red.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Well this is cool! How in the world did you get this shape together so fast!

manicddaily said...

Wow - you are photographic even with your shapes! k

Susie Clevenger said...

Wow!! This really is impressive and so fitting for the season of Easter.

Hannah said...

Wow!! Margaret this is seriously skillful work!! Not lost on me...Love what you did to bring out the wing etc. Excellent!!