Way of the Cross

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Doug Taylor-Weiss.                                                                                           

Way of the Cross

Arrested, caged, indicted, sentenced, scourged,
Jerusalem has crumpled under blows.
The Lord’s left hand, a punishment divine,
Unmasks our enemy who swallows up
Alike the mourners, brides and bridegrooms, all,
Each bier, each cup, each tear. Why bears he so?

Our enemy intruded once before
When, cool and ripe, our day was winding down,
To blast our ground, to ground the snake, to plague
Our poor Jerusalem with pangs, to leave
Us skinned, forever on our knee, who falls
And falls again en route to Calvary.

He stops, he gazes, evermore to see.
Veronica, we owe this grace to thee.

Doug Taylor-Weiss served many years as a Protestant minister before entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2016. He teaches in various capacities and, with his wife, sings in two liturgical choirs. They live in Grand Rapids.

Doug attended the 2019 Colosseum Summer Institute, a course and workshop in the art of poetry for aspiring writers run by James Matthew Wilson. The Institute is an annual, intensive course and workshop in the art of poetry for aspiring writers who wish to apprentice themselves to the great and enduring tradition of Catholic letters.

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By Tim Bete

Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for IntegratedCatholicLife.org and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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