The Fortieth Chevin Cross
When we celebrate a marriage
That has lasted four decades
The official term for this is ruby
For a love that never fades.
So we celebrate the hoisting
Of the fortieth Chevin Cross
As a reminder to all who see it
Of the world’s greatest loss.
Forty is also a number
That is mentioned in the past
Like the days the great flood lasted
And the days Jesus did fast.
It is also the number of coins
That robbed Christ of his freedom
By Judas who betrayed him
When with soldiers he did come.
If you draw a cross with equal limbs
Slightly crosswise make it move
You will see it transform from
A sign of death, to a sign of love.
It is also strange that the ruby
Is also the colour of blood
That was shed by Christ our Saviour
On that Friday we call “Good”.