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Why is it called Good Friday?

Why is it called Good Friday?

Is it like good luck or a good friend?

Or what do people mean anyway?

What good does Good Friday represent?

I heard Good Friday is

To remember a man who died

But what I don’t understand is this

Someone died and we call it Good, why?

Well I suppose you may say,

It’s a bit like the good in good luck.

You wish the best to come someone’s way

For pleasant things to turn up.

And I guess it’s not wrong

To say it’s like a good friend’s good,

The kind of person we get along,

Whom we love regardless of mood.

So the kind of Good we’re talking about

Is pleasant, desirable and consistent.

But it also has a pinch of doubt

To give us space to be human.

This doubt is the persisting emptiness,

Our fear of uncertainty

That despite good luck, good friend and all the goodness,

Good, it may not turn out to be.

All these are rolled up into one event,

No, actually, one man, yes, him who died.

Imagine he was the luck, he was the friend

We depended on him but he was crucified.

Of course on that actual Good Friday

No sane person would think ’twas good

Our luck left and our friend was taken away,

And they nailed him alive onto a piece of wood.

That we celebrate a man’s pain and death

Good Friday sounds like a cruel joke

But what if, like luck, we can ne’er really guess,

The good at the end of the troubled road.

What if, like our good friend,

Despite the bad days he stays true

What if like an affectionate romance

Its sadness made it beautiful.

What if like the golden sunset

The kingly sun radiates its beam

Because there is darkness as context,

The sky becomes a gorgeous screen.

What if like a little seed

Which died so that a tree may grow

So Good Friday and all its scarlet deeds

Is really sublime, like a red rose in the snow.

Good Friday 2013, 29 March

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Discussion

One thought on “Why is it called Good Friday?

  1. Nice poem!

    Posted by Sze Zeng | April 2, 2013, 3:41 pm
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