The ancient greyness shifted
Suddenly and thinned
Like mist upon the moors
Before a wind.
An old, old prophet lifted
A shining face and said:
“He will be coming soon.
The Son of God is dead;
He died this afternoon.”

A murmurous excitement stirred all souls.
they wondered if they dreamed-
Save one old man who seemed
Not even to have heard.

And Moses standing,
Hushed them all to ask
If any had a welcome song prepared.
If not, would David take the task?
And if they cared
Could not the three young children sing
The Benedicite, the canticle of praise
They made when God kept them from perishing
In the fiery blaze?

A breath of spring surprised them,
Stilling Moses’ words.
No one could speak, remembering
The first fresh flowers,
The little singing birds.
Still others thought of fields new ploughed

Or apple trees
All blossom-boughed.
Or some, the way a dried bed fills
With water
Laughing down green hills.
The fisherfolk dreamed of the foam
On bright blue seas.
The one old man who had not stirred
Remembered home.

And there He was
Splendid as the morning sun and fair
As only God is fair.
And they, confused with joy,
Knelt to adore
Seeing that He wore
Five crimson stars
He never had before.

No canticle at all was sung.
None toned a psalm, or raising a greeting song,
A silent man alone
Of all that throng
Found tongue-
Not any other.
Close to His heart
When embrace was done,
Old Joseph said,
“How is your Mother,
How is your Mother, Son?”

by Sister Mary Ada

I’m posting this poem, called “Limbo”, in anticipation of Good Friday.  It moved me so much that I couldn’t wait until Friday to share it with you.

Note: The poem is posted quite widely on the Internet and was read out on EWTN recently but I can find no information about its origins other than its attribution to a Sister Mary Ada.  If anyone objects to me reproducing it here, please let me know and I will take it down.


Posted on March 21, 2016, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Glad to see you dipping your toe back in blogging world. You have been missed. Happy Easter. ❤


  2. Brings me closer
    in touch with
    Easter’s meaning 🙂

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  3. Lovely to see you here again Sarah, have been thinking of you and hope you have been okay 🙂 Have a very Happy Easter!


  4. I was finding the poem Beautiful… I, who do not even know how to appreciated Poetry. But as I reached the end, I found myself confused. Joseph asking our Lord about Mary? …As usual, I had anticipated, expecting something on Easter and the Resurrection.

    But when I went to look at the Title, things made sense indeed. And a VERY good write-up on a difficult subject, Very well done. Kudos to Sr. Ada, and Thank You for sharing it.

    Love and Regards, and Happy Easter! 🙂

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    • I’m so glad you liked it Baba. I knew you’d appreciate it. Sr. Ada expresses the subject in a beautiful and (once the penny has dropped) moving way. Happy Easter to you too. 😀

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  5. Hi Sarah 😀 belated Easter greetings! Truth be told, poetry ‘n me are not too close. But since this piece is deeply meaningful to you, I wanted to decipher it… I’m thinking the title refers to and reflects upon the 3 days between Christ’s death and resurrection? Hope your week is going well 🙂 ♥ ❤


    • Indeed the poem does refer to that period. Thank you for taking the time with it even though you don’t really get on with poetry. Most poetry leaves me cold too but occasionally something stirs me, like this one.
      Well, I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Jackie. 😀 I hope the weather is being kind to you. ❤


  6. Reblogged this on Anglo Saxon Celt Creates Art and Craft and commented:

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