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Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation, lowly
and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal
of a donkey—Zechariah 9:9

Little donkey of Bethany, foretold
in holy writ, you were born for this
moment. Tell me, do you feel His sobs
as you plod toward Jerusalem? Do you
tear, too? Are you aware of the drag
of His body, as the path grows steeper,
more treacherous, the rocks cutting
into your tender feet? Do you struggle
to stay close behind your mother, fearful
of a misstep, anxious over the mob’s pushing
and shoving and invading your space,
their clamor reverberating across the mountain
with a pitch and fever to awaken the dead?
Do you feel the breeze from the palm fronds?
An occasional sting on your youthful skin?
Are you smitten with the children, suffering
them near you, their evergreens and voices,
sweet, strewn along the path. Hosanna,
Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest.
Surely, little beast of burden, your legs tremble
and your heart quivers—for upon the back
of the One you carry will soon rest the weight
of the world. Upon His back, the wrath of God.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor is a retired, 35-year English teacher from Georgia. Her favorite genre to teach high school students was poetry, and today she dedicates more time to writing it, her major themes focused on family, place, and faith. She says she writes to give testimony to the past and to her heritage. She has been published in several journals, both on-line and in print, and in 2021, she published her first collection of poems, Strange Fire.


  • Karen says:

    The Donkey’s perspective; astutely phrased. Animals do have that special gift of understanding emotions without verbal expression. Thank you, Jo, for another gift of your words.

  • Jack Ridl says:

    These clear, complex poems reveal so gently and with exquisite artistic integrity that even a donkey, a mole are inseparable from the impact of revolutionary perception Jesus paradoxically revealed. Thank ye.

    • Jo Taylor says:

      Thank you, Jack. I have been following you for quite a while since I was fortunate enough to learn of you
      through a few workshops with Rosemerry Trommer and others. I see your name and always jump at the
      opportunity to reach out to you through your poems. Your response here means so much!

  • Cathy Smith says:

    Lovely. Thoughtful and provocative conclusion. Thank you for this poem.