His Name is John Part 2 (For the Beheading of John the Baptist)

Tomorrow I will be going away for a few days, on a school hiking trip, so there will be no poems posted here while I’m gone. To get ahead on the poems left for August, here is the poem for August 29, the second poem for John the Baptist.

His Name is John Part 2 (For the Beheading of John the Baptist)

A voice out in the wilderness,
He did not dance to please the king;
He ate the desert’s food, avoided
Herod’s permeating yeast.

Salome danced and Herod cheered;
His brother’s widow seized her chance,
To shut the mouth of one who spoke
The truth to power with no fear.

Ask, she said to fair Salome,
For John’s head upon a plate.
Her daughter did as she was told;
The fruit of repentance withered.

But if John had a moment to
Collect his thoughts before he died,
He would have given up already
The life he knew was not his own,

Trusting in a higher judge
Who saw through all the surface of
Salome’s dance and Herod’s court
And had declared John right.

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