Crushed, Pressed

by Daniel Murphy on April 9, 2007

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by Daniel Murphy
(for Jesus Crucified, Who loved us until the end
composed before the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday, April 5, 2007)

The discerning winemaker eyes
His choicest grapes-ruddy, round, robust,
And admires a cluster of sunlighted promise,
Taking them gently in hand, plucking them from the vine.

The diligent winemaker crushes
His choicest grapes-ruddy, round, robust,
And beholds the now-squat elements (skin, juice),
Pressing them for choicest wine.

The delicate winemaker now ferments
His choicest grapes-flattened skins and juice,
And creates a wondrous fruit,
Offering us new sweetness as a mystical drink divine.

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