In Detention

Establishment challenger
Confronter extraordinaire
In a call for justice
That backfired on me.
Baptising forerunner
Who set him on his way
Now silenced behind bars
With doubts creeping up on me.
Health restored; sight back;
The demon-possessed freed;
Prophecy fulfilled
But what of me?
Synagogue scroll in action
But prisoners still inside
Including me.
One last word about my cousin:
Violent hatred
Will come his way too
But certainly not from me.

John the Baptist responds to news about Jesus
Luke 7: 18-35
October 2010

St John the Baptist in the Prison – by Juan Fernandez de Navarrete, © 
By kind permission The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg