Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Palm Sunday)

(Matthew 21: 1-11, Mark 11: 1-11, John 12: 12-16)

Jerusalem’s past had been quite a blast
when David was monarch and splendid.
But centuries had gone since David passed on,
and God’s blessing seemed to have ended.

Jerusalem’s streets had seen happy feet
taking people to great holy places.
A place it was now of deep-furrowed brows,
on saddened and wearisome faces.

Rome, you recall, had control of it all,
and its soldiers could be pretty scary.
A grumbling noise might upset Caesar’s boys
so the people had learned to be wary.

How Jerusalem longed to sing happy songs
that would celebrate their story;
They dreamed and they prayed to give a parade
for a new David marching in glory.

Then came a year when they got some cheer:
there was a man to whom people pointed.
Of him it was said he could raise the dead –
he just might be God’s anointed!

A carpenter’s son, he’d become someone
with words that could set hearts singing;
His caring stand for woman and man
had the title “Messiah” now ringing.

“He’s coming straight to Jerusalem’s gate,”
the folks were excitedly saying;
“Let’s get out there in the open air
and show the Romans for what we’ve been praying.”

They cut branches down and handed them round,
a symbol of joy and praising.
And they lined the way for Jesus that day,
palms and voices ready for raising.

Jesus, meantime, had his followers find
a young donkey on which he could ride.
He’d come to that place to show God’s saving grace,
that God’s on the sufferer’s side.

Loving and meek, no power would he seek,
as he sat on the donkey so humble.
Soon enough on that road he’d be bearing a load:
a cross that would cause him to stumble.

So in Jesus came, and the strong and the lame
tossed their palm leaves and shouted their praise.
“Hosanna!” they cried. “The King has come by!
Hosanna! God grant us new days!”

Hosanna’s like “God save us”, and what Jesus gave
was the way that God’s love makes that happen.
So lift your up your palms, get your happy smile on,
and be ready for singin’ and clappin’,

Because every day can be Palm Sunday
when you know that Jesus is near you:
Give praise to God, from the sky to the sod;
shout “God saves!” so all folks can hear you!


Copyright © 2014 by Andrew King


11 thoughts on “Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Palm Sunday)

  1. Marty Black says:

    How do I get permission to print this in my Palm Sunday bulletin?

    • Andy King says:

      Thanks for asking! I grant permission to you and anyone else who would like to use it, as long as I am credited as the author. I hope your congregation enjoys it.
      P.S. – Printing a link to this blog might be nice, too!

  2. cedarunited says:

    Reblogged this on Cedar United Church.

  3. This is a dear dear poem. What could be better than rhyming anointed with pointed! You must have smiled when you thought of that. I’m going to share your poem with my “audience” in Cupertino, California, and I hope they like it as much as I do. Cheers.

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing my poem! I had fun writing it and reading it aloud in the congregation that I attend (Maple Grove United Church in Oakville, Ontario). Blessings!

  4. […] poem, called “The Story of Palm Sunday (as told for the young)” is absolutely charming. What is not to love about a poem that rhymes “anointed” […]

  5. Thank you for open permission to use. Posting for Palm Sunday on presidentialprayerteam.org – the Bright Spot page.

  6. David Beard says:

    How I look forward to reading your poems. New insights into the Word and words that refresh my heart and soul.

  7. Eleri Williams says:

    Can I use your wonderful poem, of course you will be credited, but it is perfect for my sermon on Palm Sunday

  8. Pam Larson says:

    I love your poem. Will you give me permission to use it for my grandson and future grandchildren? I’m collecting Easter things so I might use it elsewhere as well with some of my other quotes and my own writing. Yes, I will credit you; absolutely. Will you send it in a form that I can copy? Thank you for such a lovely piece. I look forward to reading other works of yours.

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