Jeremy Gadd


According to a gnostic gospel,
at the Last Supper Jesus took Judas aside
and said words to the following effect:
‘Someone is going to have to betray me.
Someone has to initiate the process that sets
my divine entity free from this mortal body.’
Judas did not ask: ‘What’s in it for me?’
Nor was he told: ‘Two thousand years of
vilification and anti-Semitic enmity.’
Judas the obedient disciple did as required
and then, distraught with grief, compounded
the crucifixion’s exquisite tragedy by hanging
himself from a creaking rope, as the coins
of his reward, clinked, unspent, down a slope.

© Jeremy Gadd 2019




Jeremy Gadd has published over 300 poems in periodicals and literary magazines in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Belgium, India and Australia.
He lives and writes in an old Federation era house overlooking Botany Bay, the birthplace of modern Australia.