Mary of Bethany


I saw her

I gazed into her eyes

And looked and loved and listened

As she poured, through teary eyes,

The golden nectar of passion,

Sweet with perfume

A river rich in sorrow

Through strands of tumbling hair

A precious kiss.


I watched her

She closed her eyes

Pale, forlorn, fragile,

As she anointed, in gracious waves,

Her tears of crucifixion,

Wounded with loss

Through worn weary fingers

A vial of sadness

A healing kiss.


I saw her

I felt her pain

The love, the desire, the loss,

Ignored by everyone, not caring who saw her,

A prayer of forgiveness

Sharing her love,

Washing away with braids of suffering

Her gentle courage

A tender kiss.


He watched her

He felt the oil anoint him,

Adoration, devotion, salvation,

A glance amidst destructions moment,

The oil caressing his skin

Bathed with anguish

Drenched in devotion, passionate grace

No room, no time, no regret,

A heart of submission

A cherished kiss.


Written for Poets United

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9 Responses to Mary of Bethany

  1. This is exquisitely beautiful and deeply moving

  2. Old Ollie says:

    That story of the alabaster jar does resonate.

  3. Mary says:

    The story is beautifully told, rich with the important details.

  4. Very inspirational and moving.

  5. Sherry Marr says:

    So deeply beautiful. Just lovely to read.

  6. Akila says:

    Perceptions of pain varies with what is presented in sight. Very well put!

  7. Kim Nelson says:

    Connected by compassion and love.

  8. Imelda says:

    This is so moving, in fact my eyes are misting as I am writing this comment. Thank you very much for bringing to life one of the beautiful Biblical scenes.

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