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  • The Deposition

    Posted by Charles Cameron on April 6th, 2012 (All posts by )

    [ by Charles Cameron — devotional, Good Friday – cross-posted from Zenpundit ]
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    The Word is
     
     
    You could fold Christ up, once he’s dead
    and you’ve taken him down from the cross:
     
    he bends at the knees, the painter
    knew this, his head droops to one side,
    he weighs as much as he did when
    still alive but he’s gone now, what remains
    are the remains, he folds at the knees,
    this is not unlike lifting furniture, don’t
     
    let him drop. The painter caught you
    while you were holding — is anything more
    precious, can you even believe who,
    what you are carrying? — his dead body,
    damp with water, sweat, grievous blood.
     
    And the Word is — he was who he always is.

     
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    Rogier van der Weyden, Descent from the Cross (ca. 1435, Museo del Prado, Madrid)