The Messiah

(painting by Paul Gauguin)

The Messiah

manger in barn
Shelters from danger

Sheep and lambs
Huddle together
imparting warmth
conception immaculate
man among men
born, world to emulate

healer, visionary
carpenter, nailed high
on cross for being self
crown of thorns
thrust into crown
powers’ clampdown
luminous sun shone
for three decades
cutting clouds dark

an open heart feels
grace at his worship place
reflecting personal faith

goodness, wholesomeness
make for discomfort, puts
naysayers in bad light

god and devil reside within
hungry bears two, up to us
which to feed and resurrect


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