Easter 2013. Jesus Said to Mary. Religious Poem

Easter 2013. Jesus Said to Mary. Religious Poem

Easter 2013. A last poem when Easter is finishing: I Could Have Been A Gardener by the author Gerard Rochford… Jesus said to Mary.

Easter 2013. Jesus Said to Mary. Religious Poem

Bleeding Hearts by Debi Geroux

I Could Have Been a Gardener

Jesus said to Mary: why art thou weeping?

For whom art thou searching?

She thought it was the gardener…

( John.20.15.)


I could have been a gardener

green-fingering the earth,

searching the evening sky for omens.


I’d grow aloe, hyssop,

olives, fig and bay,

violets, hyacinth,


plant fragrant herbs

to soothe the skin of lepers,

pleasure the blind,


cultivate my dreams

with a terraced vineyard,

make my own wine.


Women love cooks

and gardeners.

I’d have been faithful.


What drove me

to be driven through with nails?

I should have been a gardener.

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Gerard Rochford was born in England, lived in Hong Kong, but has spent most of his life in Scotland His recent collections include: Figures of Stone. Koo Press. Aberdeen. 2009. Failing Light, a handcrafted limited edition from www.embershandpress.co.uk. 2010. Of Love and Water, a limited edition, Koo Press/Malfranteaux Concepts. Aberdeen. 2011. A collaboration with David Ladmore an artist from Victoria, B.C. Canada. Anthologies include: Erotica. Ascent Aspirations.Canada. 2008 and Silver. Polygon. U.K. 2009. His poem My Father's Hand was included in Best 20 Scottish Poems of 2006 for the Scottish Poetry Library, selected by Janice Galloway. He is the Makar (Laureate) for www.scottishreview.net to which he contributes a poem every month.

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