Jesus of the Meme

He knows He used to say, “Suffer
the little children to come unto me,”
but when Jesus received
His sister’s long ass letter via email
sharing the sob story of Father’s
childhood abandonment of her,
the way it reaches through everything,
He thought, Stop wallowing,
decided it was easier
to post a meme to His friends
on Facebook than to think.
One of His favorites:
two clean-cut idiots in suits,
heads thrown back,
mouths stretched open, frozen
in sarcastic, mocking laughter,
straddled by white, full caps font:
WHEN SOMEONE SENDS YOU
A NASTY EMAIL
BUT YOU JUST HIT DELETE
THE SECOND IT HITS YOUR INBOX
Jesus likes the word “nasty,”
the special power it holds these days.
As the pièce de résistance, He added
His own witty caption—Well, not quite
His own, but that sassy black one,
you know: “Ain’t nobody
got time for that!”

2019

2 Responses to “Jesus of the Meme”

  1. Bill Reed says:

    I think everyone has a personal understanding of the meaning of “Jesus” … a view which says more about them then it does about “Jesus.”

    • wordweed says:

      Yes, I agree, Bill. This poem is meant to be satire, though—the exact opposite of what I understand about Jesus. It was interesting to imagine him in the internet age, caught up in thoughtless memes and recycled cliches, unwilling to go deep into his own compassion to actually listen to someone’s childhood heartache, even if that story contradicts his own cherished narrative. I think he could do it. I think he would. I think we could do it for each other. Thanks for doing this for me.

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