The Last Supper ( the moment that faces many ways )

This is the moment that faces many ways:

A dozen men

looking backward and facing the comfort of history,

the gentle remembrances,

the ritual of familiar things,

the benevolent God who delivers his people:

a meal that speaks history in every crumb.

The promise of a new order of things

where peace and justice rule.

This is the moment that faces many ways:

A recent history more turbulent;

the noisy exuberance on a journey into Jerusalem,

crowdly accolades and the remembrance of scriptures.

Then the storming of the fortress of the privileged;

strewing tables, scattering animals and temple coinage

in a rage that was not anger

but the raising of a flag of war.

A dozen men as uncertain of yesterday

as they are of tomorrow.

This is the moment that faces many ways:

The end of the beginning, the beginning of the end,

the promise of a tomorrow cloaked in pain and separation.

A wondrous horrible day

when the robber of souls claims his victory

and darkness grips its noisy festivity

in the abyss of time.

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

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