Lenten reflection on scripture — Untie the donkey

Mark 11: 1-6

First, untie the donkey
the one that’s standing at the gate
waiting to be untied —

from some sorrow
or some guilt,
from somebody else’s judgment —
too young for the ride
or too old,
too much ink on the skin,
parkinsons in the hands,
pregnant in the belly.

First, untie the donkey,
the one that’s standing at the gate
waiting to be untied –

from some abusive relationship
or some really intricate
self-made knots,
because what binds
always pretends to be a blessing.

This is just the donkey God wants
for the ride –
this burro with no documents,
or others not-yet-ridden
because they are —
gender-outside, recovery-thin,
on-the-spectrum.

So, first untie the donkey –
this one —
the one who needs a parade,
the one willing to carry
both joy
and the premonition of cross,

the one embracing
a day of song and danger,Donkey_(PSF)
fetlock deep in palms,
and a life
that will echo, Hosanna.

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5 Responses to Lenten reflection on scripture — Untie the donkey

  1. rezrevres says:

    As always Maren, I particularly enjoy your use of imagery in your poems. I rather suspect this poem may find its way into the worship bulletin of the church who invited me for Palm Sunday – with proper accreditation of course. Thank you for your gifts throughout Lent this year, they have all been a wonderful inspiration.

  2. Maren says:

    Interestingly this was in response to a seminarian I do not know for a poem about “untying the donkey” I wrote this but also challenged her to write her own which she did in quite a different direction. I love the way words give birth to other words. And I would be delighted to have you use this poem. Honored and touched.

  3. This reflection is really beautiful. May I use it (with full attribution) in worship at Congregational UCC in Jacksonville, IL?

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