welcome to the city

a different kind of king

I lay my cloak before you

where children wave palms

an unexpected Messiah

an impromptu song to sing

for now they give you honor

but derision waits its days


welcome to the city

I lay down my dreams

soft they languish at roadside

your foal slows over their tenderest pieces

so I relinquish my heart

a spontaneous gift of love

for a bleeding, dying king


welcome to the city

sunlight forfeits to deepening gloom

light had fled with hope at its side

although you could have made a celestial escape

where angels would laid down their robes

instead of an incomprehensible sacrifice

of torn curtains and rolled-away stones

because you saw me wandering helpless

on the edge of town lost in darkness

stopped and bent to take my hand