Friday, April 22, 2011

Mater Dolorosa

By John Fitzpatrick, O.M.I.

She stands, within the shadow, at the foot
Of the high tree she planted: thirty-three
Full years have sped, and such has grown to be

The stem that burgeoned forth from Jesse's root.

Spring swiftly passed and panted in pursuit
The eager summer; now she stands to see
The only fruit-time of her only tree:

And all the world is waiting for the Fruit.

Now is faith's sad fruition: this one hour
Of gathered expectation wears the crown

Of the long grief with which the years were rife; As in her lap—a sudden autumn shower—

The earthquake with his trembling hand shakes down

The red, ripe Fruitage of the Tree of Life.

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