Sunday, April 5, 2009

An Apostle Falls

by A.M. Juster
Copyright (c) 2008 First Things (October 2008).

Betrayal had fulfilled the prophecy.
Too proud for penance and too weak to run,
he strung himself up from a cedar tree
and swayed for days beneath a scathing sun.

Thieves cut his desiccated body free,
then left it in the dust. Throughout that night,
Jerusalem kept shuddering with light.

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