SO CLOSE TO LOVE

So close to Love he walked,No rebuke in his words."Woman, what have I to do with thee?Mine hour is not yet come,"In Cana of GalileeWhen Jesus turned the water into wine;Did he not say, much as a modern sonMight say in gentle tone,"O Mother, wait. I'm not quite ready"?Yet Mary must have known, and seenIn Jesus' youth and childhoodMany of his works,And more wonders than we dream of,Keeping them in her heartIn pride, and in sorrowFor the brevityOf that human relationship;And he who knew so wellLove's infinite care of its own,That loving son.Long before the crucifixionWould he not have planned for his mother?And his words on the crossRelinquishing last of all this tender human tiePerhaps were just reminding John,For only John records them.Of what had been arrangedBefore that day."Woman, behold thy son"—And to John,"Behold thy mother."

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