02 May 2018

A Very Good Deal


Judas muttered all the way to his suicide
“What profit if I gain the world but lose my soul?”
He couldn’t remember planning the trade—a life
for coin—gold coin to lead a healer to the knife.

He couldn’t remember why he wanted money,
and suspected manipulation from above.
He was surely damned anyway, so what matter
a rope? He’d tried to give back the money, but no.

All could be recycled—the rope and gold
and man.  His story, too, like Adam and Eve’s, would
teach whatever object lesson the priests wanted.
Nothing is ever wasted in this paradise.

Judas moaned, “Ah, rope.  Was I ever in control? 
Who profited when I took money for my soul?”

For my prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Barter/Trade

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The story of Judas and his betrayal of Jesus continues to fascinate people thousands of years after the fact. I like how you've add your own twist to the story: Judas talking to the rope.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Interestingly, we are watching much the same situation going on in American politics at the moment and, to a smaller degree, in Canada as well. A friend once said "Money rules. But the spirit liberates." Amazing how slow humankind is to understand this simple fact.

Vivian Zems said...

I love your take on Judas' musings. And yes...his story is recycled oft.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Yes, we are still manipulated by those above Susan and how easy some of us fall for the tricks.
Sadly, we can spin evil into the words of the Bible, use them for our own reward, losing our souls...
Anna :o]

Toni Spencer said...

Such a sad story, to be born damned. I like that you spoke to the rope.

Old Egg said...

I always feel sorry for Judas as he really was a loser in the the whole saga. His act was required to lead to the Crucifixion but he was never aware of that being the trigger for a new all encompassing religion based on love. Poor Judas but your writing is beautiful Susan.

kaykuala said...

The Judas' story very familiar and still being kept alive! Such stories do couple up to provide great lessons!


rallentanda said...

Loved this poem. Sadly the Judas lesson did not succeed in dissuading the love of wealth above all. The entire societal pecking order of success is based on ' you can never have too much money' e.g. Donald Trump an ignoramus who is a very rich entrepreneur, was voted in as the preferred leader of the most powerful country on earth.Mammon rules !

Thotpurge said...

Beautifully written Susan.. those last thoughts of Judas are worth pondering over!

gillena cox said...

Having recently look at Jesus Christ Super star staring John Legend; this is surely another interesting perspective on the anguish of Judas. Nice


Panchali said...

Judas does us a favour and his story forces us to rethink about our basic commitment... Very interesting- a perspective both poignant and ruminative.