Poems. Prayers & Promises

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Alabaster Bottle

No words of self defense
Nothing uttered
No attempt to justify
Nothing to defend
No explanation
In the face of criticism
An act of extravagant love
Shameless, selfless
Broken alabaster bottle
Forlorn grace
A legacy of devotion
With drops of matchless beauty
Tears of tenderness
The light of love in the
Darkness of sin
The costliest perfume
Spilled, poured,
Compelled by tears
Expression of selfless worship
Whispers the heart of love.

(A woman came with a jar of special perfume. She had given much money for this. She broke the jar and poured the special perfume on the head of Jesus. – Mark 14:3).

Written for Poetry Jam


  1. What a beautiful love this woman had for Jesus! A truly selfless deed!

  2. I like the way you wrote about this episode, Alan! I think there is far more in it than we usually care to see.

  3. selfless worship...i love the story of the annointing of jesus...his feet...and always think of how she would have smelled of her worship for days....

  4. A beautiful story of devotion recounted here...:-)

  5. I was not familiar with this story of the woman and the perfume. You did a good job of putting it in poetry. Thanks for posting and for you support here at PJ.

  6. How wonderful you chose this story from the bible .. a lovely poem.

  7. Lovely, Alan. There is serenity in this. Beautifully penned.

  8. Like the way you used this bible story

  9. Very beautiful poem, Alan. Sin and redemption all contained in an alabaster bottle. PErfume used for sin and perfume used for redemption.

  10. A good poem that I enjoyed reading. Well done.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  11. The beautiful title sets the tone for what was to come!


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