Poem: Jesus’ Second World Tour

October 23, 2013Glenn Johnson

Two thousand years off the world stage . . .
Jesus does his Reckoning of the Rock of Peter tour.
His earliest Rock of Peter . . .
his humble gift to the world . . .
became the weary foundation of imitation bands to follow.
Imitation bands who . . .  truth be told . . . were shameless rip offs.

His second tour again defied the money lenders . . .
In disgust . . . he turned his back on the pricy temples of the Vatican, Protestants.
Their overflowing chests of treasure.
Both visibly put out  . . .
Not getting it . . .
Their pockets deep from bootleg copies of his earlier work.
Instead, he performed in venues intimate and less visited . . .
inexpensive tickets for his fans . . .
as he did on his first ground breaking tour.

True to his earlier career . . .
he mesmerized audiences performance after performance . . .
His humbleness intact . . .
The same past impatience . . .
confused fans calling him the god of the rock.
He lifted fans up who fell on their knees.
“Get up . . . like you, I am only a child of God!
Get up, go pray the Our Father.”

A new leather flask of freshly vintage wine . . .
he gave renewed life . . . his holy teachings . . .
A humble example of everyone’s path to enlightenment  . . .
Like he had never left . . .
he again stirred crowd participation . . .
Leading all in a rousing rendition of his beloved:
Surrender to the eternal love of God.

But not every fan was satisfied . . .
The orthodox followers who twisted the words of the New Testament . . .
Like Pharisees of old . . .
they knew the words but not the spirit of his harmony.

Interviewed at the end of his tour . . .
he spoke of satisfactions and disappointments.
In a moment of profound seriousness . . .
He proclaimed, “I am not a Christian.”
He then revealed his sad conclusion:
How . . . over the ages . . . his rock of Peter . . .

had been warped. . .
crucified . . .
beyond his recognition.

  • ryetavid

    It almost hurts looking at the humble beginnings of the baffled Jesus-movements in light of the caricatural idol of common history.

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