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Dame Street Messiah

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Dame Street Messiah

Weighty words wasted on the east wind 
blowing down Dame Street 
they don’t heed or even hear them 
the footsore army of suits and students
the new Abraham or Jesus or Muhammad 
cries out 
but is ignored 
shoulder pushed to the side as the bus pulls up 
cries out 
new truths 
replace the old 
faith has become comical and morally weak 
Bus pulls away and the Saviour is alone 
in the crowded city 
Screams 
as the police move in 
no laughter or mocking 
just snorts of disapproval and ‘tuts’ of annoyance
eyes back down to the pavement 
count the sore steps home 
the rosary of the church of the rat-race
must have its homage 
He could be the One 
One true Saviour – again! 
but this world would crucify him 
with apathy and loose change 


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