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Two Poems by Jonel Abellanosa: Easter, and Man Born Blind

June 15, 2019

 

Easter

 

 

 

Where

are

the

women

who

mourned,

the men who whipped him along the way? Where

are the soldiers who divided his clothing among

them?

Where

is his

mother,

his

brothers

and

sisters,

his

disciples,

the

apostle

he

truly

loved?

Where

are they?

What

am I

doing here? Should I look

for him elsewhere?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Born Blind

 

 

John 9:1-12

 

We are all born of light.

Before I washed the mud

Formed with his saliva off my eyes

In the pool of Siloam, there were glimmers

Like rose petals on shiny black stone,

Temple-bound sandals stirring desert yellow,

Mists of green if I sensed a pit nearby.

When I smelled the coming rain

Blue hands claimed the dark.

 

Lights shape fuller than touch, sunder

Slants of seeing to rapture: illumination

Bending with the jar’s belly, shimmering

Warmth from the cup’s eddies, sheen

Of bones on papyrus, magnifying revelations.  

As if it weren’t enough, smells grew wings,

Singing like cherubs, one note above colors.

They who knew I wasn’t born with

The gift of sight shared their amazement –

Cakes of pressed figs and raisin, lamb meat

Roasted with bitter herbs, unleavened bread.

 

I couldn’t miss it anymore: home-nurtured

Radiance, love’s reflections, care thicker

Than water, glaring everywhere I looked,

Sending me back to starless corners.

After the crucifixion they said he lives

In a believer’s heart, but this is how

Need folds night’s veil of distance:

Eye contact, lamp of touch.

 

 

~Jonel Abellanosa

 

 

Previously published in Windhover Journal of Christian Literature (print).

 

A previous contributor of Spirit Fire Review, Jonel Abellanosa lives in Cebu City, the Philippines. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including New Verse News, That Literary Review, Rattle, McNeese Review and Star*Line, and been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net and Dwarf Stars awards. His published collections include “Meditations” (Alien Buddha Press,) “Songs from My Mind’s Tree” and “Multiverse” (Clare Songbirds Publishing House), and “50 Acrostic Poems,” (Cyberwit, India). His first speculative poetry collection, "Pan's

                                            Saxophone,” is forthcoming from Weasel Press.

 

 

 

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