The Fourth of the Seven Wonder-Words

The Fourth: The Rocks Split

Yes, even were we diamond, we would crack and break.

With never-before-felt fear, a shock, a flash

drives through me, and my hard armor cracks in two.

The sound announces Christ’s death to the world:

He, the True Rock, whom the Romans pierce

brings Heaven’s Honey, Wonder-Wound’s water

and fights for you, rock-strong, with Death and Devil

who take their fierce revenge against His innocence.

What hard hearts must you mortals have!

Were you sired by a snake, suckled by a tiger?

In that case, we would incline to mercy.

Shock reveals the alphabet of heartache

written in dread and haste. Ah, learn from me

how the heart splits with love, remorse, sorrow and thirst.

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