Mark 11: 1-11, Untie the Donkey

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

from some sorrow
or some guilt,
from someone 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 really intricate self-made knots.

This is the donkey God wants for the ride –
a burro with no documents,
or some other not-yet-ridden,
gender-outside or recovery-thin.

So first untie the donkey –
the one who wants a parade,
willing to carry joy
and a premonition of cross
at the same time,
longing for a day of song and danger
fetlock deep in palms,
and a life that will always echo,
Hosanna.

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9 Responses to Mark 11: 1-11, Untie the Donkey

  1. Betsy says:

    That’s beautiful, Maren.

  2. Anne Cohen says:

    You did it again. Beautiful…

  3. Marie says:

    Love it. Will ponder in today’s prayer and throughout the week.

  4. Maren says:

    Thank you so much, Anne and Betsy.

  5. Elaine says:

    Thanks Maren. Yesterday, I made a note in my sermon file for Sunday, “Don’t forget the colt (Mark)!” You may have given me a nugget of inspiration. Thanks.

  6. revkarla says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

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