READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, April 18.

Readers' poetry
Readers' poetry

This week’s poem. called Six Inch Nail, is by John Radford.

Take a six inch nail and hold it, point downward on your palm.

Ask a friend you love dearly, to take a firm hold of your arm.

Then with a hammer pointed skyward ask them to strike and drive it through.

Then you have felt a little of what Jesus felt, what He felt for you.

Ask another to spit in your face, pull your hair, and tug your beard.

Get them to shout abuse at you, ridicule you, call you weird.

Have someone to whip your back, until the blood flows freely through.

Then you have felt a little of what Jesus felt, what He felt for you.

Have friends deny you, accuse you, and turn you in.

Stand by while they reject you, though you told them you were their King.

See them destroy and pull to pieces all the wonderful things that you do.

Then you have felt a little of what Jesus felt, what He felt for you.

Allow yourself to be tried and taken to your death, so slow and cruel.

Then look with love at those who would kill you, and forgive them one and all.

Bear the pain that you do not deserve, for those things that you did not do.

Then you have felt a little of what Jesus felt, what He felt for you.

But we will never have to suffer, the pain that He bore.

Though there will be times of anger, times of bitterness and war.

When innocent and helpless victims of flying fists and words we will be.

But it will only be a little of what Jesus felt, what He felt for you and me.

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