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Let me kiss those lips
so good at stirring up dissent
among the rabble
and keeping dull clerics
on their toes
with nimble questions
that try my patience
and drive strong men to drink,
like how many angels can sit on a pin head
or how do you shove a fat guy
through the eye of a needle?

Turn my water into wine
and stun the crowd
with your miracle of choice.
Maybe the Lazarus trick
where you cheat death
and then appear on a grilled cheese sandwich
to housewives in Hoboken -
one last shell game
from the carpenter who would be king
and start a revolution.

You see, I have a plane to catch
(30 pieces of silver won't get ya far these days)
A one way ticket to the promised land;
but before I go, I need to know

Are we good?
The relationship between Judas and Jesus has always fascinated me. This is from Judas' perspective.
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EatingMyOwnFears Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
fascinating
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks. A sort of modern spin on an old story...
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EatingMyOwnFears Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
indeed
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lion-feathers Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Writer
I like the ending. But it leaves me very unclear about how Judas feels toward Jesus. He sounds to like him at first, then starts to seem annoyed. Were you going for ambivalence?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Writer
Most of my work is very ambivalent...and that is not intentional, although i do prefer the reader to take what he wants from my work. In this piece i was updating the story a bit (ala JC Superstar)and envisioned judas as a wise ass...
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
I like your approach, Brendan. How could they not be accomplices?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Writer
I was definitely going for a very contemporary feel here...I am pleased you like it.
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful. I love how tongue-in-cheek it is, even though dealing with the heavy tensions of that relationship!
great work, Brendan! :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it. I was going for a more contemporary feeling with this one...
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Gypsie-inBleu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Writer
I really like your take on the story, and the way you constructed this poem. 'Tis a very fascinating subject indeed.

This also reminds me somewhat of Corpus Christi - I don't know if you've ever read/seen the play or not, but it's a very beautiful portrayal of the Christ/apostles relationship.
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