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Nobody's Fool--An Easter Sestina
3/31/2018 9:44:00 AM by: Susan Lyttek

Reading through Proverbs about the fool, plus the fact that this year Easter and April Fool’s are the same day prompted the following. Enjoy.

Nobody’s Fool—An Easter Sestina

‘There is no God,’ declares the fool…

He knew different. He’d seen the power

Of that heavenly throne and called it home.

He walked its streets, partook of its feasts.

Still, dearest of all, he lived its love—

With that strength, he could change hearts of wood.

 

So he left golden avenues for a bed of wood.

“Aha,” said the enemy. “What a fool

To enter my realm and my control. For what? Love?

Of those puny humans? With that sacrifice of power

Doors fling wide for me. I might triumph and feast

On glory when I conquer and call heaven home.”

 

Knowing all schemes, our friend still called Earth his home

And for his trade, he became a shaper of wood.

One day, his mother, at a local wedding feast,

Noticed that the groom would look a fool

“Do something, my son. Use your power.

Make rivers of wine flow for the sake of love.”

 

That became his theme, his call. For the sake of love

He left his bench and awl, he left his family home

To wander and to teach. In love’s power

Men who fished, rebelled and listened now followed a worker of wood

Who spoke with uncommon eloquence and made the learned play fool

When his rabble came to celebrate the holy feast.

 

“The Word of God should nourish, be your feast

Yet you work around it to hoard the things you love

And make it look like you think the Holy One fooled

By your traditions and word games. Hell is your home

And your hearts have solidified into stone and wood

To the truth of the Law and the Prophets of power.”

 

Enraged, those who with iron fist held the power

Plotted to capture and arrest him after the feast

Intending to fasten him to beams of deadly wood.

He knew. He knew it all and still he loved

Setting his sights on those he would lead home.

It made no earthly sense. But he was nobody’s fool.

 

In perfect love, he rose again! Having conquered the blood on wood

The world may have thought him foolish to abandon heaven’s power

But his triumph carries us home to celebrate the eternal feast.

 

Have a blessed Easter!

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