Leave her alone

I wrote this poem about three years ago, and I think it is among my best. I posted the video last year, and it can be accessed throgh the toolbar at the top of the page. People might find it helpful for Sunday next, and for the Monday in Holy week

Leave her alone

An action unexpected,
a pouring seeming haste,
a moment for a spilling
of recklessness and waste.
A gesture for defying
the frugal and the wise;
a splash of beauty’s perfume
bringing tears to the eyes.
The jar of alabaster
holding ointment thick and sweet,
its suffering and death
spilled over tired feet.
With crying and with touching,
love’s cavernous caresses
embrace the teacher’s weary heart,
and, wiping with her tresses,
in devotion spends herself
with carelessness and weeping;
the man is strangely grateful
and grasps the loving deeply.

Things there are, so beautiful
they can’t be bought or traded;
with wasteful generosity
the vision’s never faded.
And beauty is an odd thing,
not understood by all;
and loving, even queerer
for those who miss her call.
Some simply fail to comprehend
and good souls take offence;
the teacher talks once more of love
and speaks to make defence:
The poor are always present
to test your loving’s power;
this gift she has created here
is precious to this hour.
Our time on earth is given,
one day we’ll all be gone;
my burial is waiting now:
Let be, leave her alone. 

© Ken Rookes



2 thoughts on “Leave her alone

  1. Excellent poem Ken, somehow I was led to this today and after reading I returned to reread and truly gave me much of what was needed.

  2. Pingback: In Bethany: a haiku sequence. | poemsinseason

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