Reflecting on T.S. Eliot’s Ash Wednesday, as well as East Coker inspired Emily Polis Gibson to write a beautiful original Maundy Thursday poem:
On Maundy Thursday, I arrive back to the beginning, six weeks later returning to Eliot:
“the unstilled world whirled/About the centre of the silent Word.”
a day of disquiet and silence,
of Christ taking towel and water to disciples’ dirty feet,
of bread broken and fruit crushed and consumed,
of anguished prayer and the kiss of betrayal,
of stilling the sword,
of watching those He loved run off in fear
and deny they ever knew Him.
In my beginning is my end.
And now the light falls and the darkness begins.
We wait, sorrow-filled, our unstilled souls stilled
by our betrayal, our denial, our hopelessness without Him.