Bowthorpe Cememtery 2019, as visited 40 years later.
The day we met I stepped inside your door
To say goodbye forever, so hell bent
On every kind of unemployment,
Schoolboy-giggling at work so heaven-sure
But you knocked me senseless to the floor,
Saying heaven on earth was what you meant
Which rang an old school bell and testament
To the word on the street I was searching for.
Gaining heart, I crossed the city of the dead
To Easter Thursday chancing on a grave
Dated the day I was born and lay down.
‘What’s lost in the wasteland is found there,’ it said
‘Who loses himself for love will be saved,’
‘Who dies lives’ and my heart, lost to you, was found.
Norwich Cathedral, main window, 2019. The snake around the cross caught my eye. I asked a friend if he knew what it meant.
There are various interpretations of this window :-
>> Triumph over death.
>> A parable related in John.
>> Part of an explanation to Nicodemus who was as confused as I am.
>> Old Testament view of the saviour figure.
>> Image of Christ on the cross only appears commonly about 600AD. Before that it was the snake on the cross from Eastern iconography.
It is an image of Moses and the Brazen Serpent.
The Israelites had got weary of the"manna from heaven" which God had provided them in the desert. They complained! God angrily sent lots of snakes to punish them. They got bitten and died.... Moses appealed to God for guidance. He was told to make a brazen snake, put it on a cross and if anyone was bitten they should look at the image and they would be cured. Hence rebirth. Hence Christ on the cross and renewal of life. Book of Numbers, I think.