Father Forgive: a poem for Good Friday

Father forgive

This poem on ‘Father forgive’, one of Jesus central ‘sayings from the cross’, was originally published in my collection Parable and Paradox, and I post it here, for the first time, for Good Friday. You can hear me read the poem by clicking on the title or the ‘Play’ button.

Father Forgive 

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.


Father forgive, and so forgiveness flows;

Flows from the very wound our hatred makes,

Flows through the taunts, the curses and the blows,

Flows through our wasted world, a healing spring,

Welling and cleansing, washing all the marks

Away, the scores and scars of every wrong.


Forgiveness flows to where we need it most:

Right in the pit and smithy of our sin,

Just where the dreadful nails are driven in,

Just where our woundedness has done its worst.

We know your cry of pain should be a curse,

Yet turn to you and find we have been blessed.

We know not what we do, but Heaven knows

For every sin on earth, forgiveness flows.


Filed under christianity, Poems

10 responses to “Father Forgive: a poem for Good Friday

  1. Janet Thorpe

    Beautiful! Thank you, Malcolm. We may not be able to go to church but this Good Friday is being so blessed by God using all that is available to us.

  2. philippe.garmy@okstate.edu

    With gratitude and awe, I concur completely with Janet’s kind remarks above…

  3. Sissy Yancy

    Thank You so much for this reading & may God Bless your Easter and all those you love.

  4. This Eastertide has released so much pain, anger, disappointment from times so long ago. I am so thankful that this is the blessing that is being received in this time, and that, in turn, I can release blessings to others. God is so very good. God bless you Malcolm.

  5. Karen L

    Thank you, Malcolm. I shared this with my family after our dinner today. They all thought it lovely.

  6. Thank you Malcom for a poem that has such insight into how the suffering of God’s son can and does heal those in need


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