Spiritual Poetry posted March 16, 2014


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centurion

by mfowler

i'm a hard man
one hundred men
respect
me

i'm a fair man
one hundred men
expect
me

to do what is right
to be ready to fight
for the honour and power
of rome

<><><>

today
there is rabble
these Jews argue - scrabble
to kill
one of their own

today
there'll be trouble
expand just like a bubble
they say
this jesus
wants to
take the jewish throne

i am centurion
no roman
epicurean
a man who knows
a man who shows
he is a man

this jesus guy
i see in his eyes
as they sell their vicious lies
to pilate

this gentle guy
does not deny
their pernicious lies

he
stays quiet

<><><>

we beat him down
to lie on blood soaked ground
the snarling crowd
all around
want blood and strife

he drags his deadly cross
as if jerusalem's dross
i really give a toss
but
as a roman boss
i will take his life

i see people there
who seem to care
they risk life and limb
to come and comfort him
this slaughter

is just so unfair

<><><>

i am centurion
no roman
epicurean
a man who kills

but not for thrills

because
i am ro-man

we hammer nails in
through flesh and pale skin
his expression's grim
he dies with dignity

his eyes say
don't pity me

he's not just any man

those jewish dogs
who had him
stripped and flogged
scream obscenities

but jesus there
absorbs their
reproachful stares

he says
they have no clue
"father forgive them
they know not
what they do"

he's no ordinary man
<><><>

the sky grows dark and grim
but
we are still with him
he looks up to the sky

his voice is weak
but i hear him speak
"eli, eli,
lemasabachthani?"

on the stroke of three
i feel his love for me
i want to cry

his spirit leaves
his loved ones grieve
and then
he dies

i am centurion
no roman
epicurean
i'm a Jesus fan
He's more than man

i've been over-awed
by my sweet forgiving lord

surely
He's the Son of GOD!





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centurion
noun: commander of a unit of one hundred men in the roman army

jerusalem's "dross"
:noun: worthless material that should be removed (in this case from jerusalem)

epicurean
noun: a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
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