Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Taking of Christ (Caravaggio)


A man who betrays another may have
Many motives, but the sin is the same.

Rationalizing, the sinner will salve
His conscience, oblivious to his shame.

Betrayal is an ambiguous crime,
A "virtuous" act muddied with a kiss.

He says, "Doesn't my judgement demand this,
That I expose this man while there's still time?"

Judas's silver wasn't his motive.
He resented and would never forgive

The burden of his Rabbi's instruction --
Far better to live with His destruction.

A traitor won't betray a lesser knave.
His hanged honor rots in an unmarked grave.