Good Friday Sonnet

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”   Matthew 27:45-46

The darkness fought, compelled the sun to flee

And like a conquering army swiftly trod

Across the land, blind fear this despot’s rod.

The noon-day dark illumined tyranny.

Still worse, abandonment by Diety

Brought black despair more deadly than the blood

That ran off with his life. “My God, my God,”

Cried Jesus, “why have you forsaken me?”

The silence thundered. Heaven’s quiet reigned

Supreme, a shocking, deafening, haunting swell.

Because from answering Jesus, God refrained.

I shall not cry, as he, this cry from hell.

The cry of desolation, black as night,

Shines forth across the world as brilliant light.

             D.A. Carson, Holy Sonnets from the Twentieth Century, p. 51