Poem: “In His Place II”

In His Place II

There you stood,
stiff and deadly;
Long have I awaited this day.
O quiet killer
and dread of men
It’s time to take you away.

You splintered beam,
So stained with blood
Climb up my pierced back.
I shall accept
your cold embrace
And provide the love you lack.

O my cross
you torturous tool
I will bear your heavy weight.
And change you from
a source of death
into paradise’s gate.

Fr. Thomas Flynn, LC

Fr. Thomas Flynn, LC has worked in forming seminarians for over 5 years. He is author of Priests on Call, and has a licentiate degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorumin Rome where he is currently studying for his licentiate degree in theology.  He can be reached at tflynn@legionaries.org.