Unmasked



Inside a boisterous tavern,
a-light with drunken gaiety
of spilled ribald laughter,
he quietly sits alone ...
gently cradling his mead darkly
Brooding thoughts of past paid coverings
buzzes inside his head
Talking flies having the faces of the dead
“Have mercy, please”
This haunting cry, they all pled ... 
except the halo head ones
“I forgive you”
This they all compassionately say
in time dispersed unison
The self-muted giant rubs his eyes,
still in somber inner disquietude,
at this troubling sight he has seen several times
Witnessing a bright, shining glow,
which radiates all around the tops of those
who call themselves Christian disciples — 
before descends the sharp, quieting blow
It is by his liege, Caesar’s command,
to eradicate the scattering vermin radicals,
that he daily swings the severing blade
The duty-bound Herodian executioner
must always stay masked 
when the murdering performance ensues
This is by privileged decree: 
the entertainment requirement rules 
A black cloth covering,
sprinkled with scarlet droplets,
is the terror mask his masters has him use
Rabid crown sycophants love their crucifixions,
the Roman preferred method of capital punishment
But, his under-lord, Herod, still adheres
to the ancient Molech ways — 
Death by the beheading blade
Sighing, the brooding giant gazes about the riotous inn 
with roaring, unspoken disdain
Even without the ritual Deimos mask on, 
all within the tavern knows his occupation,
evidenced by his massive frame
They yield a fearful wide berth to him,
no one sits in the seats around his hulking presence
Looking down at his Pilate-cursed hands,
he sees the blood of the guilty and the innocent
Bloody hands that can’t be washed clean ... never
As long as he raises his arms,
and lets the body-separating blade swing

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 4/5/2018 3:42:00 PM
Remarkable insight into both the tenor of the times and the tenor of the man--and the cudgel that he swings. This ought to be published, Professor! Bravo!
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Date: 3/31/2018 6:46:00 PM
Are you sure you are not supernaturally channelling?. I was transported into your story. Have to read again...now you have me researching.
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Date: 3/30/2018 2:43:00 AM
Wow. I am sure that some of the meaning of the historical figures go way over my head, but the words and the sombre flow is beautiful. Many wishes, Kai
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Date: 3/29/2018 3:45:00 PM
Such a great writer! Shaking my head in awe! You can feel the emotion going on in this piece!
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Date: 3/29/2018 3:28:00 PM
Your words blow my mind!
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