Mary Magdalene: A Sonnet

22nd July is Mary Magdalene’s day, and continuing my sequence of sonnets written in response to the church year I post this for her. As usual you can hear the poem by clicking on its title or on the ‘play’ button.

This sonnet is drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press here in England. The book is now back in stock on both Amazon UK and USA and physical copies are shortly to be available in Canada via Steve Bell. The book is now also out on Kindle. Please feel free to make use of these sonnets in church services and to copy and share them. If you can mention the book from which they are taken that would be great.

Mary Magdalene

Men called you light so as to load you down,
And burden you with their own weight of sin,
A woman forced to  cover and contain
Those seven devils sent by Everyman.
But one man set you free and took your part
One man knew and loved you to the core
The broken alabaster of your heart
Revealed to Him alone a hidden door,
Into a garden where the fountain sealed,
Could flow at last for him in healing tears,
Till, in another garden, he revealed
The perfect Love that cast out all your fears,
And quickened you  with love’s own sway and swing,
As light and lovely as the news you bring.


Filed under christianity, imagination, literature, Poems

12 responses to “Mary Magdalene: A Sonnet

  1. My meditation for today.

  2. Brian Andres

    Hi Malcolm – lovely lovely sonnet. I especially liked the opening line – “Men called you light so as to load you down”. I have often looked at the Jesus’ words, “My burden is light” in much the same way. I look forward to your sonnets when they come.

    Peace Brian


  3. I am so enjoying your book, Malcolm This painting is one of my favourites. Elizabeth Winder Noyes

  4. Esther McIlveen

    A very delicate and truth filled poem! Many thanks for sharing this.

  5. like this one a lot Malcolm…thanks!

  6. Charles Twombly

    Moving. Broken alabaster of the heart. Reminds of Auden, ‘though (pre-coffee) I can’t remember which poem. Luci Shaw’s got the right idea: meditation for the day, if not the week. Thanks, Malcolm.

  7. apocalypseicons

    Beautiful, thank you.

  8. Thats inspiring..and fragrant. Thank you.

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