Guileless in Gethsemane

Armed men came in the dead of night

To arrest the Nazarene

Swords and clubs and lantern light

Undercover don’t be seen

 

Surprise and stealth the method now

No more light of day

We warned him once a holy vow

Prophet go away

 

Jesus stands in open ground

And faces down his foe

I am the one you’re looking for

Let these others go

 

Jesus made his own defence

Before Pilate and the Jews

If he could save himself from this

He knows what he would choose

 

But evil men conspiring

Blocked his every word

Convincing a judge to try him

A theatre quite absurd

 

Never resort to violence

It brings no lasting peace

Prepare yourself in silence

For wars shall never cease

 

Salute all martyrs we have known

Romero Luther King

Sophie Scholl the White Rose girl

In Gotterdammerung

 

In your own life and every day

Find the way to go

Witness to the Lord of life

By living gently so

 

Brian Fahy

1 September 2021

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