Responding to the first Sunday of Lent

The poem, ‘In the Wilderness’, by Robert Graves, imaginatively enters into Jesus 40 days fast. It also prepares us for the experience of the Passion, Death and Resurrection in which is found our salvation.

Christ of His gentleness
Thirsting and hungering,
Walked in the wilderness;
Soft words of grace He spoke
Unto lost desert-folk
That listened wondering.
He heard the bitterns call
From ruined palace-wall,
Answered them brotherly.
He held communion
With the she-pelican
Of lonely piety.
Basilisk, cockatrice,
Flocked to his homilies,
With mail of dread device,
With monstrous barbéd slings,
With eager dragon-eyes;
Great rats on leather wings
And poor blind broken things,
Foul in their miseries
And ever with Him went,
Of all His wanderings
Comrade, with ragged coat,
Gaunt ribs—poor innocent—
Bleeding foot, burning throat,
The guileless old scapegoat;
For forty nights and days
Followed in Jesus’ ways,
Sure guard behind Him kept,
Tears like a lover wept.

from Fairies and Fusiliers.  (1918)

Photographs (c) 2013, Allen Morris. Wilderness – Dead Sea Valley, Israel.

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