COULD JESUS HAVE . . .


Could Jesus have been Jesus
without a Judas to betray?
Would he have been what he is
to us today

had Judas not been Judas
without a Jesus to give away
as they sat there as moot as
only myth may?

No. Jesus could not have been Jesus
and Judas could not have been Judas.
Each made the other what he was
and us pursued as

with that same fraud that fathered our fall
and drove those two nails through our free will
that hid the Lord's duplicity from us all
as first we bless and then we kill

here, here in the hells of our last antinomies
the Lord God laughs and the Lord God lies
and suffering Judas sits at the Good Lord's knees
where hands the hung thing Jesus in our two eyes.