Monday, November 2, 2015

Pamela Cranston

Pamela Cranston is a novelist and is the author of the poetry collection, Coming To Treeline: Adirondack Poems.

She is an Episcopal priest who was born in New York City, and raised in Massachusetts. She was the first American to join the Anglican Franciscan Order, serving in the 1970s as a nun in Somerset, England and San Francisco. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, and is the vicar at St. Cuthbert's Episcopal Church.

Poem For Christ The King

See how this homeless babe lifted
himself down into his humble Crèche
and laid his tender glove
of skin against that splintered wood —
found refuge in that rack
of raspy straw — home
on that chilly dawn, in sweetest
silage, those shriven stalks.
See how this outcast King lifted
himself high upon his savage Cross,
extended the regal banner
of his bones, draping himself
upon his throne — his battered feet,
his wounded hands not fastened
there by nails but sewn
by the strictest thorn of Love.

Entry written by D.S. Martin. His latest poetry collection, Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis, is available from Wipf & Stock as is his earlier award-winning collection, Poiema.