The Apostle’s Clock

The Apostle’s Clock

The Apostle’s Clock 150 150 Mary Langer Thompson

I sit on the wooden bench
in the dimmed room
eclipsed by
the tall timepiece
carved by the hands of
a German immigrant
a century ago.

An angel strikes the gong and
wooden windows open.
Tiny lights illuminate as
Rock of Ages plays and
Christ comes forth,
lifts up His arms.

Peter leads disciples
Arrayed in bright robes
on the circular path,
each moving forward until
in front of his God where
he turns to bow–
except for one
carrying a small sack–
before re-entering
the dark recesses.

And now the
Bethlehem scene, and
on the right, the Crucifixion of
Who Was and Is and Is To Come–
Past and Future
Alpha and Omega
His open tomb
my open heart.
Timely mysterium tremendum!


Mary Langer Thompson

Mary Langer Thompson’s poetry appears in various journals and anthologies. She is a contributor to The Working Poet (Autumn Press) and Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland). She is a former school principal with an Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and was Senior Poet Laureate of California for 2012-2013. She lives with her husband Dave in Apple Valley, California.

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