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The Garden ©

The Garden of Gethsemane is in the valley of Kedron. If one leaves Jerusalem by St Stephen's gate and walks along the valley of Jehoshaphat one can find the tombs of Zacharias, Absolem and James. The tomb of Ruth is also not far away.

Tom Barker
Joondalup, Australia

A band of men in leather, strode into the garden dark,
while around the walls the shadows, cast by the lanterns spark.
Dancing quiet eerily, flat against the wall,
sometimes a slinking midget, then suddenly a giant tall.

There was a glint of weapons, in the pale blue light,
and the man, who, though kneeling, was coming into sight.
A shadow stepped near and kissed him, kissed him as he rose,
then looked down in shame, and saw the sweat of blood on his clothes.

All his friends were sleeping, as they led the young man away,
deserted, betrayed and friendless, to be crucified another day.
Thirty pieces of silver, for a miserable job well done.
Where did he get all that money? What kind of story was spun?

Today should you go round the garden, you will still see the green mound,
where Judas betrayed Jesus, as he was kneeling in prayer on the ground.
I don't pretend to be religious, but in man we have a great race,
During 1939 I walked in that garden. I wonder if there is another in space?

The Garden of Gethsemane
The Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem. Photo Tom Barker

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