This piece is a companion to the sonnet I posted last Sunday about bread.
Wine: A Sacramental Sonnet
by Gideon Burton
As human life is held in bloody flow
That pulses in its circuit, keeps us whole,
So this, our Savior's flowing life we know
As we partake the water of His soul.
Confirm, oh God, the blessing of this cup
And let our thoughts recall the solemn deed
When Jesus for our sins was offered up:
The sacramental one who bows, who bleeds!
Our spirit minds flow back to staunch each wound
That each we give unto the suffering Son;
We cannot help to ebb the Savior's swoon,
Yet hoping help, find mercy newly won.
What's swallowed in an instant and is gone,
Endures in hearts that holy blood makes strong.
Feel free to copy, imitate, remix, or redistribute this poem as long as you give proper acknowledgment of authorship. Photo: flickr - SnoShuu