The call of Matthew

If you were to write a gospel, 

what would you include? 

what might you leave out? 

Would you slide in a cameo 

of the time that Jesus, 

passing through your toll booth, 

caught your eye, mouthed, 

“Follow me”? 


Would you elide the moment 

of mad fear, somersaults 

of stomach and soul, 

taste of metal as you bit 

your tongue stumbling 

to shuck off your tabard, 

un-tag your name, 

agonize for less than a second 

too long whether to lock up, 

where to throw the keys, 

afraid that he will turn  his face away? 


Will you tell 

of the love that he levied 

as he set you free?


Featured image: Saint Matthew, by Joachim Wtewael (public domain via wikimediacommons)

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