Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me;
but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
Luke 23:28

All gardens have now become Gethsemane:
forsaken shadowscapes of sterile blight
where no solace may be found, nor any light.
Branches cruciate dominate cruelly.
At the foot of each grimly contorted tree
a soul-shade, bemoaning its dolorous plight:
each Woman of Jerusalem, wailing wight,
cradles her firstborn, broken, in agony.
Such sorrowing with the sinful mother
the sinless Mother by her fiat shares;
but not the wretchedness of the other
whose sins crucified S/sons and so despairs.
Thus wounded women wash their wounded ones
with tainted tears, lacking God’s ablutions.

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