Archive | March, 2009

Do you feel sorry for Jesus?

25 Mar

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged. I’ve stopped posting my homework blog for my students too. Somehow the two must be connected. A good friend asked me yesterday morning if I was still blogging and had to admit that I wasn’t and this got me thinking. I really don’t want to let this go. So, tonight while searching for a poem online from a well loved poet I found this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

Feel Sorry for Jesus
By Naomi Shihab Nye

People won’t leave Him alone.
I know He said, wherever two or more
are gathered in my name…
But I bet some days He regrets it.

Cozily they tell you what he wants
and doesn’t want
as if they just got an e-mail.
Remember “Telephone,” that pass-it-on game

where the message changed dramatically
by the time it rounded the circle?
People blame terrible pieties on Jesus.

They want to be his special pet.
Jesus deserves better.
I think He’s been exhausted
for a very long time.

He went into the desert, friends.
He didn’t go into the pomp.
He didn’t go into
the golden chandeliers

and say, the truth tastes better here.
See? I’m talking like I know.
It’s dangerous talking for Jesus.
You get carried away almost immediately.

I stood in the spot where He was born.
I closed my eyes where He died and didn’t die.
Every twist of the Via Dolorosa
was written on my skin.

And that makes me feel like being silent
for Him, you know? A secret pouch
of listening. You won’t hear me
mention this again.

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