National Poetry Writing Month is a poetry writing challenge to write a poem a day, which takes place every year in April. Follow the link to find out more, be inspired, get daily prompts and meet other poets!
Day 19 poem, Madonna of Pain was inspired by a church float, for Holy Friday Parade, I took this morning in the church of The Holy Spirit (Espiritu Santo) in Cordoba, Spain.
Madonna of Pain
Lady of Sorrows,
Witnessed son suffer and perish.
Madonna of Pain,
Crowned and draped in rich, gold cloth,
Lit up, displayed, on parade.
Today commemorates a sad event in the Christian calendar, Jesus Christ’s death by crucifixion.
His mother, Mary’s, sorrow is vividly represented in many symbolic rituals, such as the famous church parades which take place all over Spain. Everybody can identify with a mother’s pain at the loss of her son which is why the paintings, statues and floats of Our Lady of Sorrows (Virgen de los Dolores) are so popular in religious art and especially Holy Week celebrations.
Are there any special, religious rituals where you live?