he did not come to be a king (Phil.2:7-8)

he did not come to be a king

kings build armies
raise up swords
to tear things down
seek power only for the sake
of taking
dignity
away from the poor

HE
was poor
he came to be a teacher
a teller of stories
a healer
he sought no glory

he took what was evil
covered with pus scabs lesions
& made it clean
he loved women
& men
then said
“listen!
go & do likewise!
do not despise
your mother your father
your sister your son”

he did not come to be a king

kings are crowned
with gold
wear fancy shoes
neckties/nooses
bling & suits

he wore a simple cloak
perhaps of cotton-white
his sandals
trod on dusty ground
his only crown
made out of spite:
the bittersweet stems
of the thorned rose

he came as a child
first & foremost

“[he] emptied himself
taking the form of a servant,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself….”

he did not come to be a king

to steal elections
or decimate tribes
no pork no private planes
no bribes

he traveled in boats of men who fished
rode on the back of a humble beast
was not afraid to mingle & feast
with Outcasts last on any prince’s list

rabbi teacher mystic
who was this man?
who left nothing
written by hand
no complicated laws or rules
who forgave even the most
obnoxious of fools

if we try to see a king
we will be blind

if it is simplicity we seek
love we hope to find
we will see the light
the sweetness
the sublime
in every face we see
the eyes of love
god in her wisdom
mirrors
of you & me

Copyright November 2010 by Phyllis J. Hanniver

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About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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3 Responses to he did not come to be a king (Phil.2:7-8)

  1. loloatlarge says:

    truly. it’s about love. unconditional. unadulterated. awesome poem pjh. thank you for sharing!

  2. Phyllis H. says:

    Thanks, Laura. Love it is!

  3. Laura Simkins says:

    “kings are crowned
    with gold
    wear fancy shoes
    neckties/nooses
    bling & suits”

    I like the economy of words here, and the modern interjection of “bling.” “Neckties/nooses” says a lot in one line. Internal rhyme is good, too. Hey, isn’t this from the Book of Phyl, not Phil? 🙂

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