Good Friday in Chimayo: A Pantoum by Cheryl Marita

Good Friday in Chimayo
Cheryl Marita
 
Carved crosses heavy on shoulders
Jackets layered against the cold
Lips murmur, plead in prayer for
Kids, cousins high on heroin
 
Jackets layered against the cold
Worn by pilgrims in moonlight
Kids, cousins high on heroin
Walk in hope for miracle cure.
 
Worn thin by pilgrims in moonlight
Rubber flip flops cut like Jesus’ sandals
Walk in hope for miraculous cure
Feet climb the miles to the Santuario
 
Rubber flip flops cut like Jesus’ sandals
Feet bleed, joints ache in damp night air
Feet climb long miles to the Santuario
Bargains made, false promises to God
 
Feet bleed, joints smoked in damp night air
Oh, hearts, why do you open to Satan?
Bargains made, God forgives false promises
Church holds dirt of redemption 
 
Hearts, open to love, not Satan
Blessed Dirt soft layer on hands, lips, skin
Church holds hope of redemption
Dear God, give us weapons to fight our demons
 
Blessed dirt on hands, lips, skin
Lips murmur, pleading prayer
Dear God, give us weapons to fight our demons
Carved crosses light on shoulders
 
 
 Cheryl Marita works and lives in the Espanola Valley and enjoys writing about the culture of Northern New Mexico. 

 

2 thoughts on “Good Friday in Chimayo: A Pantoum by Cheryl Marita

  1. Exciting to see it posted. Every time I think about how much I have learned and all I have experienced I am in gratitude for you, SFCC.

    Cheryl Marita Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Love the images. They refresh my memory of many Good Friday services and the Chimayo walk in particular. Thanks. Meg O’Brien

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