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Palm Sunday Mischief

October 24, 2019

Published April 14, 2019 on the Ancient Paths Facebook page.

 

Palms wave as the congregation
sings Hosanna! Hosanna!
Joel tickles his little brother’s neck
with his tall palm branch.
Cindy reaches hers into the aisle,
dragging the tip across red carpet.


I remember the year my daughter
waved her palm wildly,
brushing the hair of the brunette
in the row ahead.
After church the organist
scolded her
and turned anger on me.
I hung my head
and scolded all the way home.


On that day in ancient Palestine
how many children struck friends
with supple green swords,
pretending to be Roman soldiers?
How many siblings tickled each other
with palm branches, giggling
from enjoyment of their game?
Did a grinning child brush a palm
across the Master’s cheek
while dancing along
beside his donkey?


Did Jesus smile, wink at them
as he rode on toward Jerusalem
knowing the kingdom belongs
to such as these?

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