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MIKE MORAN
WRITING * PERFORMING * RANTING * TEACHING

  
to Aceldama by Mike Moran

Judas was a shepherd who
  couldn't recognize
his flock from the flowers

          was asked to choose
his favorite from the flock
And
not knowing one from the other
plucked the straightest
            the closest
            the one set apart

  the thorns pricked the flesh
  drew the blood mixed
  the colors red
                    petals red
                    blood-
                    stained flesh
                    red colors

until

          couldn't recognize
his flesh from the flowers
And
not knowing one from the other
it fell from his grasp
and was eaten
                    by sheep