Amos the churchmouse — the palm branch mystery

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

By Gary Mitchell
boss willifred the white
rat invited me to jump in
his tiny time traveler again
this week to visit the site of
the original palm Sunday
celebration

so we attached the tiny
time traveler to my 57
cheese-rolet hopped in
spun around twice and found
ourselves on the outskirts of
first-century jerusalem on
the way to bethany

excitement and tension both
filled the middle eastern
atmosphere boss you could
just sense something was
about to happen

while willifred and i
wandered down the
road and around the
countryside we spied
some mangled palm
branches laying along
and beside the road

before either of us
could speak or ask
the reason why we
saw a small donkey
meandering its way
back from jerusalem

what s the meaning
of all these mangled
palm branches says we
to the hairy little beast

those are instruments
of joy and life death
and destruction says he

how can that be says me
how can one little
palm tree signify both
joy and calamity

you ll see says he don t
you know about jesus
triumphal entry into king
david s city all the way
from bethany

all the people cheered
and shouted waved palm
branches and no one
doubted jesus was the
coming king jesus would
soon rule everything
at least that was the thought
of the cheering crowd pack
when jesus came riding
through on my back

but you see it wasn t
to be says he – at least
not yet but it ll happen
soon you bet

what happened says me
i understand about the
joy and life and freedom
from strife but where s
the death and destruction
part that doesn t make
sense to my mind and heart

here s the deal for those
who see and feel
all those palm sunday cheers
turned to gloomy friday jeers
those palm branches turned
to cat-of-nine-tail lashes
and jesus the coming lord
became the criminal s scorn

but i don t understand all that
says willifred the rat how and
why did jesus go from triumph
to tragedy all of this sounds
a bit bogus and ratchety

actually it was foretold says he
for you see the story hasn t
completely unfolded  his death
isn t the end  jesus ultimately wins
- just wait till easter morn and
all mourning will be over

boss the donkey knew what
he was talking about
although the palm branches may
have seemingly turned to lashes
for a time they – like the cross
- have become symbols of
victory for you and me

amos