These two poems are fantastic ways to engage all ages in the Easter story. Both span the whole story from Good Friday through to the Ascension, so they really capture the depth of the narrative. The rhyme and rhythm is remininscent of Dr Seuss, and like the good doctor these mix engaging language with deep truth. Could work very well at school events, Messy Church services and of course Easter Morning!
Extract from "Sighing, Goodbye-ing, Crying"
When someone you love dies,
you hurt deep inside.
You miss them so much
you just want to cry.
So the day Jesus died,
his friends all hurt, too.
Peter and John
and the rest of the crew
were gutted and broken,
didn't know what to do
with their sighing, goodbye-ing and crying.
One day passed, then two,
and on the third day,
Mary went, with her friends,
to visit the grave.
She went, with her friends,
bearing spice and perfume
to anoint the dead body
of the one in the tombs.
The day hadn't dawned,
they walked in the gloom.
They were sighing, goodbye-ing, and crying.
But when they arrived
they were filled with dismay.
The tomb had been opened,
the stone rolled away!
So they went and told Peter,
they went and told John,
"Someone's stolen his body,
Jesus is gone!
They've moved him somewhere.
Don't know what they've done!"
More sighing, goodbye-ing and crying...
Extract from "Bunnies, Eggs and Spring?"
You might think that Easter is all about eggs.
I like looking for eggs. You like looking for eggs.
But Easter is less about looking for eggs,
than looking for something else!
It starts with some women, bound for a tomb.
Jesus was dead, and armed with perfume,
they went, before dawn, in the deep morning gloom
to anoint their friend's body with spices.
But when they arrived, the body was gone.
The tomb had been opened, somehow, by someone ,
but opened by whom? And why was it done?
And where was his body now?
You might think that Easter is all about bunnies.
Bunnies are quick. I really like bunnies.
But Easter is less about quick little bunnies.
than something much quicker, by far!...
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