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Dropping Mushrooms with Jesus


pupils spread wings,
doves float above the Holy Ghost
that illuminates in the sands, the footprints 
of whores, lepers, and the downtrodden.

I turned dials, flipped switches of source codes—
bent time and space
to come face to face
with Jesus in Nepal.

Yeah, Jesus and I dropped mushrooms;
he joined me for the ride.
We jumped through the eyes
of the People-In-The-Sky,
and Jesus was brought back to the future
in a DeLorean of Divine Spores.

The Anointed One,
the Redeemer,
the Mushroom King of Kings,
was not at all impressed with 2016:

"Good Lord! People created a religion in my name!?
Temples, rituals and books, all created in my name!?
What a disaster! This is exactly what I am attempting 
to move away from.
Those are not my words in that line! Why, I never said 
such a thing! How did this happen!?
Father, Oh Father Manitou, why have you forsaken me?
The golden calves still dangle from the Vision Tree."

Clouds churned,
thunder thrummed like the war drums of Cain;
and as lightning arced,
Jesus spilled forth an acidic rain.

His eyes seethed with fury;
an aura of white light shone from him;
it washed over me in waves of euphoria,
igniting an idea in my mind:
Jesus could use the mushroom flux capacitor
to journey back into the past
and rewrite a twist into the plot.

The vampires and zombies 
shun me as an unbeliever—a blasphemer—
while they drink the blood and eat the flesh.
I have shed the scales of the living dead,
dropping mushrooms with Jesus.

The cloned church of abomination
dashes apart on the unforgiving surfaces 
of plastic and concrete,
of geo-politics, cruise missiles, Prada, and Polo,
while doves and the Holy Ghost 
illuminate in the sands, the footprints 
of the living word.

2016 Polygon Psilocybin Remix   
June 6th/7th, 2016
(originally written, May 16th, 2012)


Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 6/30/2016 11:52:00 AM

    I must admit, I don't quite recall all the details of the original, I only remember that part about Jesus not being impressed and of how unique you can be in your concepts... Your 2016 remix is still very interesting & intriguing-- several lines struck a chord with me & you do touch on things that niggle, yet also something to ruminate--I think we're all entitled to write what we want. Somehow, this reminds me of the song, "One of Us"... contd in reply
  1. Date: 6/30/2016 1:00:00 AM

    Wow...I can only expect this from you glad I stopped by to read this before bed. Enjoyed the poem as well as the comments below.
  1. Date: 6/28/2016 5:07:00 PM

    Amazing stuff Chris, i have a distinctive hate for how folk have been mislead throughout time using God as a wedge, also interesting title, having once used the magic mushroom theme to write a poem...
  1. Date: 6/27/2016 2:59:00 PM

    Hi Chris this is an amazing poem I like it I know where your coming from x and would like to chat more when you can x
  1. Date: 6/24/2016 12:13:00 PM

    Chris, this is an amazing poem. There is so much that I agree with. It's bold, but for me, your point is well taken, and I'd imagine you are right, he would NOT be impressed at all with 2016. Awesome to see you posting again.
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 8:17:00 AM

    Hi Chris. We seem to be thinking along the same lines, but you have expressed it better. (My renamed poem: Christianity - which I will be removing soon.) Thanks for soupmail, but I don't use that function. Comments are welcome. Regards, Su
  1. Date: 6/21/2016 1:08:00 AM

    Perhaps you're right Chris. Growing up I've only ever tried alcohol as far as drugs, so perhaps I just have an aversion towards most mind altering substances ... it's more of a personal thing than a health thing, as I see that synthetic drugs as being MUCH more harmful to a person. I didn't perceive that you were making fun ... only warning that some might get that message. Some people thought Bruce Almighty to be offensive, but for me it had a good message about being selfless and prayer.
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 10:10:00 PM

    @Chris ... A poem is an expression of yourself, fictional or non-fictional. You are well in your right to express yourself as I am to express how I felt about what you wrote. From a literary point of view, your writing is great ... Message-wise, putting a different spin on Jesus (especially with drugs) can appear to some to verge on blaspheming or making fun. I'm just letting you know as a heads up.
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 10:01:00 PM

    Thanks for the discussion you two. @Tommy ... I believe the Bible to be inspired by God, but even if I did not I would see no reason to throw it away. Being 66 books, written by some 40 authors, over a span of 1,500 years, it is the single most interesting book one is likely to ever read. That it contains so many prophecies (some straightforward and many others hidden) that came true, and is YET to come to pass, it makes it all the more valuable and timeless.
  1. Date: 6/20/2016 10:30:00 AM

    I appreciate the artistry and creativity of this piece, but the subject matter makes me strangely uncomfortable, (maybe that was your intention?) ... I "get" what you're saying, in a sense. All we have written down are the perspectives of those who interacted with Jesus ... yet nothing of what Jesus might have wrote. A lot of false religion out there ... but what Christianity hangs and falls on is the nature of the prophecies and His resurrection. 2,000 years is pretty long to still be surviving
  1. Date: 6/18/2016 9:21:00 AM

    Power Above...... Hey, sorry about the jumping comment. :) SKAT
  1. Date: 6/17/2016 1:02:00 PM

    Really enjoyed it, good poem.
  1. Date: 6/17/2016 12:18:00 PM

    - Congratulations on your p.o.t.w. - a great poem, Chris - hugs // Sun :)
  1. Date: 6/17/2016 6:38:00 AM

    The title is quite provocative. I have a hard time deciphering this kind of poetry but I can tell what you are generally saying and I was interested in the conversation I read between you and Seeker. I believe in God, and that is about as much as I will say any more. I find extremism in religions so distasteful! I prefer the message of John Lennon's Imagine. Congrats on your Poem of week.
  1. Date: 6/16/2016 7:29:00 PM

    it never ceases to amaze how many "Christians" will pat you on the back for this. I'm sure it provides amusement for you. Blasphemy is never a good time for me. True Christianity will survive, and thrive, for an eternity. false Christianity will perish, along with the rest of Satan's world
  1. Date: 6/16/2016 4:46:00 PM

    Chris, congratulations on poem of the week with this wonderful write, enjoy the honor ~
  1. Date: 6/16/2016 4:38:00 PM

    Very different in thoughts and wording. You are exceptional. Congrats on your poem of the week.
  1. Date: 6/15/2016 5:19:00 PM

    Oh Chris..I can reread this masterpiece for a second , and third and fourth time..I love.your creative mind...Dropping mushrooms with Jesus Christ...Chris....: ) You make me smile.Nice to see you around.
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 12:15:00 AM

    Awesome imagery. :)
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 8:33:00 PM

    Guess what? Congratulations on having this poem featured as Poem of the Week!! : DDD!!
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 1:37:00 PM

    Holy smokes. Great compliments to you. This is some write. BRAVO!!
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 12:32:00 PM

    Magnificent write....I shall fave this and give it seven sevens. Jesus is probably laughing his ass off and thinking..."there still may be hope for these fools".
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 9:35:00 AM

    Congratulations on making poem of the week. ;)
  1. Date: 6/11/2016 9:23:00 AM

    What a title, what a ride. Most enjoyable read.
  1. Date: 6/11/2016 1:12:00 AM

    If he drank with the poor, tax collectors and prostitutes why not mushrooms with you? I enjoyed this piece, much to ponder.
  1. Date: 6/8/2016 7:44:00 PM

    I didn't know that you've removed this "Classic" from the Soup. I read it again and enjoy it again! It was my FAV before ... and nothing has changed, Mister: it's a FAV again!
  1. Date: 6/8/2016 7:33:00 PM

    When I seen the title, I was very excited to read this one again! This one is going into my favs! I especially love the imagery of the last two lines. Very, very awesome poem, Chris. love and hugs, catie :)