06 September 2007

Another Poem by John Hegley

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This is an alternative to the parable of the Rich Man. It's about people like us, like me.

Messiah

This Messiah walks into a bar
and asks for a drink of tap water.
'Why don't you buy a drink for a change,
instead of changing water into one?'
says the barman.
'Buy one? What with?' asks the Messiah.
'How come you never have any money?'
'Because I don't believe in it.'
'What do you believe in?'
'I believe in you. I love you.'
'Don't give me that,
you buy a drink, or you get out.'
'Oh, come on, what does a drink of water cost?'
'It costs me labour to pour it.
You take up space to drink it,
then I have to wash the cup up after you.
And what if you break it?
Who pays then?'
'I could mend it.'
'Perform a miracle, you mean?
And have everyone crowding around
in amazement
and not buying drinks? No thanks.
Out.'

John Hegley from Uncut Confetti

2 comments:

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Lots to think about with this one.
Jesus on my terms...still something I struggle with.

Fr Tim Finigan said...
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