This Same Jesus

December 4, 2020 | < 1
D.S. Martin


So often you look at something 
     without really seeing it   like when 
          we saw you   & your ten friends   
               staring into the sky   
Later that day you couldn’t say 
     without first closing your eyes 
          if the clouds had been   high 
               & wispy or thick & glacier white 
& we   not thinking of your shock 
     at hopes yanked away then restored 
          only saw the unblinking eyes 
               of eleven men   turned toward heaven 
though since your Lord   had just slipped 
     from sight   your hearts burned 
          & again might   whenever clouds come near 
               to the way they appeared that day 




D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, the editor behind three poetry anthologies, and author of four poetry collections—the most recent of which is Ampersand (2018, Cascade). He and his wife Gloria have two sons, one of whom is an Alliance pastor.

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  1. What I think would even be much more fascinating, and has not been reported…is the dialogue that took place in the Upper Room, after they returned from the “sky gazing experience”. Some day, i hope that
    I can press a “replay button” in heaven, to listen in on the conversations that took place after the first rapture. Were the women also informed of this experience. What was the strategy discussed, what would have been the reflections on the life they have just led for 3 + years? Who participated in the conversations ; what would Peter have said…did James already take leadership…or was James, the brother of Jesus invited at a later date, to join the disciples…Where was Jude? When did he enter into the empowered disciple team.? I have more questions than answers..& it all began after the ascension

  2. I would like to have been present to hear the conversations that took place that night after the ascension.

  3. Excellent poem. It captures the amazement of those watching, not really noticing the clouds in detail, watching the Lord until gone. Then makes us wonder when we look to the clouds,
    do we anticipate His Return.

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