Crossroads / Turned / the Reprieve of Barabbas



life changes on a dime

hear them cheering, jeering

to the music of horns

spirits dangerously high

sounds of glass shattering

they’re drinking Koolaid like moonshine

the smell spills over

fuelling the fall

into a shock of sky

bewildering brightness

an accidental miracle

bedevilling belief

on the trail of human frailty

mouthing immortality

breath caught on Jesus

the crowd is calling for Barabbas

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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