Poem For Pentecost Sunday (Yr C)

SUDDENLY THERE CAME A SOUND. . .
(Acts 2: 1-21)

It was one of those days where
leaves are thrashed
from tree branches writhing
under a racing sky,
and my childhood friend playing
outdoors with me wondered:
does the wind
ever stop blowing?

And does it stop somewhere, he asked again,
or just keep going around and around the world?

Back then I said I didn’t know
but now I know there came a day
when a wind began in a certain house
that filled with a light like flame,

and that wind had the roar of justice,
and that wind had the rush of love,
and that wind had the whisper of peace and compassion,
and it carried the words of hope and joy
to an anxious and needy world,

and it was gentle enough to touch the wounded soul
and strong enough to stir the ever seeking hearts
of women and men, young and old,
from city to distant shores,

and it pulled down walls of distrust and fear
and threw open doors of possibility,
and oaks of hatred have bent in its path
and palisades of pain have fallen to its strength
and new life has spread like scattered seed

and yes, my friend, that wind
circles the world
and no,
it has never stopped blowing.

Copyright ©2016 by Andrew King

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Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost Sunday)

PENTECOST FIRE
(Acts 2: 1-21)

A

new

kind of

fire, and

new speech

brought to voice:

words that are flames

through walls that divide;

language that’s praise sung

in harmonies of the Spirit;

inclusive vocabulary of love.

Drink deep the new wine of

freedom, all slaves. Dream

as equals, world’s sons and

daughters. See the visions

of the kingdom of peace.

Wherever wind blows

 the Spirit will flow:

the fire that

quenches

our

thirst

for

God’s love.