Fools! For I also had my hour…

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The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.… (Matt. 21:6-7)

Long before his conversion to the Catholic Church, G. K. Chesterton composed the following poem with its allusion to Palm Sunday and Christ’s triumphal ride into Jerusalem.  What makes the poem unique is that it is written from the point of view of the lowly beast he chose to ride upon as king.

The Donkey

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.

– G. K. Chesterton, The Wild Knight and Other Poems, 1900

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