Merrijane Rice

A dissonant tune twinned
to plaintive words can live
and spread like aspen roots,
binding generations.

David bargains, begs
forgiveness, praises the Lord
across centuries.
Jesus hears, learns by heart,
replies from crux of history,

and far downstream,
I catch faint, sacred strains
of their ancient duet.

I am listening, revising
my part, practicing
to lift up my voice
and sing.

This poem is part of the 2022 Psalms in Praise of Jesus Christ series.