Reading for Palm Sunday ~ The Donkey by G. K. Chesterton

March 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Beast of burden, Chesterton, Christianity, Donkey, Greece, Palm Sunday, Photography, Saddle, Ydra | Leave a comment

Lovely donkey on Ydra, Greece 21 October 2005

The Donkey

G. K. Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

This was the second reading for today in College Chapel, after the first reading was taken from the Street Bible.

The donkey pictured above, a dear patient humble soul, is one we saw in 2005 on a Greek island called Ydra (Hydra).


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