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"Scrape O the Timber Pon Stone" by William A. Salmon
By William A. Salmon
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:20:39 AM

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An Easter Excerpt from the Poem "Scrape O the Timber Pon Stone" by William A. Salmon

"Three days to walk
the terrors of hell
and none to touch
his radiant robes
but fly, and shriek
far from his sight
or sag, and weep
where his sandals fall.

Even the mightiest
watch him pass
none can begrudge
his victory won
so many who'd gone
before him freed
all march in praise
of the Holy One.

And so the slab
before him rolls
to let him stride
where soldiers sleep
with Angels whispering
in their ears
to keep them in
their sweetest dreams.

And then, to join
the happy few
and bring them hope
their strength renewed
no danger then
too great will be
when they remember Calvary.

And how he walked
among them there
with death surpassed
and life reborn
there smiling down
where Angels swirl
to trumpet blasts
in shining clouds.

Thank God
for all sweet blessings gained
by the scrape
of the timber 'pon stone."

William A. Salmon
Author of "Meanderings"

"It's a big money day." -- I remember that being said of Good Friday. The offer of a large paycheck was there if I wanted it, but at what price do we ransom all things sacred? Could there be a more complete betrayal, considering the extent of Jesus suffering? A Roman crucifixion was a brutal thing unto itself, but Jesus was singled out to serve as a political statement of dual purpose. His example would discourage rebellious hearts, as it satisfied the blood lust of the ruling class he was familiar with. But Rome would be no lackie to local agendas, and once he'd had Jesus sufficiently humiliated, beaten, and torn up by flogging, he offered that one chance for the man to sidestep his fate. But there was much more at work than simple choice, and though he found no fault with the man, he handed him over to his fate.

So complete was Jesus' torment, I feel obliged to remember events as they happened annually. "They're driving in the nails now. "Supplemental to that dynamic, I feel regret that people can choose to forget that ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to make Good Friday like any other. How many of them would take those same steps? For that reason, I wrote, "Scrape of the Timber Pon Stone". I make no apology for staying true to the accounts relayed by the disciples who survived those murderous crowds; I'll not dilute it to please modern sensibilities in a darkening world. It was a day of extremes in every way going far beyond the physical. In the end the earth had, and has no hold on Jesus, or the plan that he fulfilled.

W.A. Salmon is a longshoreman by trade, but studied English Literature in Langara College. He started writing as a child, including placing second in a poetry contest only falling short of the top prize because they thought an adult helped him. In the early 1980's Salmon was participating in an acting class when the group asked him to use his creative flair to write them a series of new scripts. He has been channeling that creative writing ever since and has turned his years of work into the collection, "Meanderings."

By: W.A. Salmon
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