Versed in Christ, Pt. 1: Grammar Resurrected
BY JAMIE HAR
Easter may have passed last week, but crawling back to class, what better time to be reminded of Jesus’ life-changing — rather, life defining — deed? This month, the Claritas blog is pioneering an Easter 2018 Poetry Series, titled “Versed in Christ.”
Our series’ first poem, “Grammar Resurrected” by Blog Editor Jamie Har, is a special venture for Claritas. It was inspired by the Easter sermon at her home church, but to bring the poem more to life (haha… get it?), Jamie transformed it into a video — Claritas’ first! Take a look to taste the love she poured into it and, more importantly, the sweet victory of Jesus Christ.
The Period that ended Lazarus’ life
in a death Sentence,
To introduce space for a Comma,
reformed into a Semicolon;
rolled away like a tombstone, it then connected
the loss of past with the Clause following.
But Lazarus’ life was still bound by covers on each end,
as if he was never undressed of his linen strips.
The ink that coursed through his veins, still penned,
continued fading toward death impending.
Yet this play with Punctuation was merely the Preface
to when Jesus would face punctures, in his hands and feet
to when, as playwright, he unravels his lines of script
promising eternal life, and hands death its defeat;
rolling away his own tombstone, he then surpassed
the laws of past with his cause following.
The Paragraphs that constructed Lazarus’ life
in finite Chapters,
To illustrate my life with the infinite Word,
reformed into a whole Colon:
who points to Jesus
as un-questionably remarkable, though I may Question my Mark
who emphasizes him
by exclaiming his proclamations, though I am just the Exclamation Point
The First and Final draft
The Pen, the Page, and the Publisher
Jesus broke Brackets and Dashed to my rescue
So that the suffering in his crucifixion became the Suffix to my damning death
and the Prefix to preeminent life in a novel nonfiction.