Kingdom of Heaven: Mustard Seed

This is another poem based on the Kingdom of Heaven parables found in the book of Matthew; this one from Matthew 13:31-32:  “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”  

It’s interesting to me how many of these Kingdom of Heaven parables have a similar theme:  the idea that something very small and easily overlooked could become the greatest thing–that a small amount of leaven could transform a lump of dough; that a hidden treasure in a field could be worth a man’s whole fortune; that the least of seeds could grow quickly into the most notable herb in the garden, large enough to accommodate the birds of the air.

“Kingdom of Heaven: Mustard Seed” is written in iambic trimeter: x/x/x/x, x/x/x/, form ABAB.

Kingdom of Heaven:  Mustard Seed

Unnoticed, small beginnings:

One seed, one Man, one Word,

Become the garden’s winnings,

A lodging for each bird.


What started in a manger,

Undignified and small,

Whose ending seemed yet stranger–

The shame, affliction, gall,


That least of seeds, ignoble,

Once overlooked, ignored,

Has grown, with impact global:

The Kingdom of our LORD.


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