POETRY: Thursday, by Hannah Faith Notess

lamb of God

Hands harvested the grapes, and feet crushed
them in the winepress. Hands held
the vessel under the dark stream
till the vessel ran over, sealed up the wine
and carried it down to the cellar.

Hands shaped the water basin on the wheel,
set it to dry. Hands worked the loom that wove
the towel now folded under the basin.
Fingers held the needle that, hemming
the towel’s edge, drew a drop of blood.

Hands kneaded the unleavened dough,
worked in more flour, stoked the oven coals.
Hands shaped the loaves and baked them,
then set the bread to cool.

Hands picked and washed the bitter herbs.
Hands laid the table, lit the lamps.

And when supper ends and hands raise up
the cup, the men will remember (though
nobody will say), the hands that drew the knife
across the lamb’s throat and held its limbs
while the last twitch of muscle ebbed away.

3 Comments on POETRY: Thursday, by Hannah Faith Notess

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    OUR HANDS BECOME GOD’S. IF WE BELIEVE AND SUBMIT TO HIS HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD HAS SENT TO BE GOD WITHIN US!

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  2. I’m really glad to see Hannah Notess’ work here – could you please cite it? It’s not fair to republish poets’ work without duly contacting them and giving full citation of their work.

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    • Hi Allison, the truth is concerning poems is that they come to me from everywhere. Anthologies. Collections. Poetry websites.

      Poets themselves publish the same poem in different collections.

      So I have abandoned trying to pinpoint down the source of a poem. I can do it on some, others I can’t.

      You might have success tracking down a specific poem through web searches. But don’t count on it. I’ve tried to find poems that way, and have had no luck, and have had to look for them in other ways.

      Good luck.

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