the other pieta

catholic poetry room This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by James Green.

the other pieta

a mother ‘ s son
hangs from a tree

branch bobbing
body swinging
she hugs his legs

still swelling
kisses his feet
and weeps such that

no one can comfort her 
such that no one dare
disturb grief this utter

someone cuts the rope
with the body still
in his mother ‘ s arms

and it splats on the ground
with a sound only
lifeless flesh can make

her lamentations echo
all the way

James Green has published five chapbooks of poetry, one of which, Long Journey Home, was winner of the 2019 Charles Dickson Chapbook Contest sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Society, and his most recent, Ode to El Camino de Santiago and Other Poems of Journey, was just published by Wipf & Stock. His individual poems have appeared in literary magazines in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S. Formerly a university professor and administrator, he is now retired and resided in Muncie, Indiana. To learn more about James and his poetry, visit his website at

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