Jesus is laid in the tomb

I reach the end of this series with the sonnet I feel is in most need of further work, but currently with no idea how to rewrite it. Perhaps further inspiration will come in time for a revision before next year!

XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb (Joseph of Arimathea’s story)

Too late I found my courage to come out
and stand beside him. Now I take my place
beside his corpse. Quick, before I can doubt
myself, or him, I seek the governor’s grace.

I am a friend of Jesus, I mutter,
but friend of Caesar too. I come to crave
a boon. (Can he hear my fear?) I stutter
my one request: to offer him a grave.

His body handed over, Pilate’s gift
and hers, who bore him faithful in her womb,
we wrap him in myrrh and tear-soaked cloths, lift
and take life’s author lifeless to the tomb.

Our light extinguished, our hope laid to rest,
in darkness we wait and long to be blessed.

Previously in this series

I. Jesus is condemned to death (Pilate’s story)
II. Jesus takes up his cross (The centurion’s lot, part 1)
III. Jesus falls for the first time (The centurion’s lot, part 2).
IV. Jesus meets his mother – Mary’s misery
V. Simon of Cyrene’s story
VI. Veronica’s veil: the sixth sonnet.
VII. Jesus falls again: a bystander’s take.
VIII. Meeting the mourners: the eighth station.
IX. The ninth station, the third fall.
X. It’s not personal, just business.
XI. Another inimical voice: the eleventh station
XII. The death of Jesus: sonnet twelve
XIII. Taking down the body: station thirteen

By Doug

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