Poem to Accompany My Painting of My Son John

21 Feb

This afternoon I wrote the following poem as I was thinking about my teenage son John along with a painting I did of him not long ago.

Poem to Accompany My Painting of John

Stepping forth from the Shadow of Innocence
There emerges the bare outlines of a Man
With a surety, tempered by cautious weariness —

Forged on this Silver Soul’s great anvil
by Life’s Forty Lashes —
Those borne by Everyman before Him —
Though These Lashes being his Alone.
His alone —
Yes His a Loan from Us.

For these Stripes He Bore
First for His Healing,
That He might become For Us,
A Wounded Healer

And Singer of Joviality —
Of the Silent Music that Strikes the Chord
That Binds Heaven and Earth.

(c) Thomas C. Webber 2/21/2013

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