“Sonnet 98 (Barabbas)” by Day Williams

Sonnet 98 (Barabbas)

 

I can’t believe they set me free. That man,

So peaceful, self-assured, prepared to die–

Even Pontius Pilate, who’s no fan

Of Jews, said he had done no wrong. I’ll fly

 

Down this road fast as this gray donkey can

Trot, far from crosses silhouetted high

On Calvary, the symbols of the plans

By Rome to rule by fear. I want to cry

 

When my own countrymen, my fellow Jews,

Meekly obey the goons and clowns from Rome

Who wield the swords and shields. I have a chance

Again to stir rebellion, as I choose.

 

How foolish was that Jesus to come home,

Claiming he was a prophet. Such romance!

~Day Williams

 

“The Holy Bible in Blank Verse” by Day Williams

                              

The books are available for downloads on amazon.

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Book of Genesis in Blank Verse

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Book of Exodus in Blank Verse

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Book of Numbers in Blank Verse

Book of Deuteronomy in Blank Verse

Book of Joshua in Blank Verse

Book of Judges in Blank Verse

Book of Ruth in Blank Verse

Book of First Samuel in Blank Verse

Book of Second Samuel in Blank Verse

Kings in Blank Verse: First and Second Kings
(Bible in Blank Verse Book 11) Kindle Edition

Chronicles in Blank Verse: First and Second Chronicles (Bible in Blank Verse Book 12) Kindle Edition

Book of Ezra in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 13) Kindle Edition

Book of Nehemiah in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 14) Kindle Edition

Book of Esther in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 15) Kindle Edition

Book of Job in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 16)

Book of Psalms: In Iambic Tetrameter (Bible in Blank Verse) (Volume 17)

Book of Proverbs in Blank Verse

Ecclesiastes in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse Book 19) Kindle Edition

Song of Songs in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse Book 20) Kindle Edition

Book of Isaiah in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 21) Kindle Edition

Book of Jeremiah in Blank Verse

Book of Lamentations in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 23) Kindle Edition

Book of Ezekiel in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 24) Kindle Edition

Book of Daniel in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse 25) Kindle Edition

The Minor Prophets: in Blank Verse (Bible in Blank Verse Book 26) Kindle Edition

New Testament in Blank Verse: Part I Gospels (Bible in Blank Verse Book 27) Kindle Edition

New Testament in Blank Verse: Part 2: The Letters Paperback

 

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March 1: “A Speech” by Day Williams

A Speech

Let me say how I see myself:
You’ll know me better than before.
I ask for your indulgence;
Don’t grab your coat and push the door.

I’ve lived in places ‘round the world
And given viewpoints careful thought.
I feel a good way to begin
Is to inform you what I’m not.

If I said I’m a Communist,
You’d listen with an open mind.
They say they’re for equality
And that objective fits your lines.

And if I told you I was gay,
You might say you are liberal, too.
What other people do in rooms
Doesn’t matter much to you.

If I said I’m in real estate,
Had made a fortune from my plan,
You’d stick around to hear the spiel,
So you’d get rich quick, too, on land.

And if I talked of hatred of
Folks for the color of their skins,
I bet that some would listen,
Hoping racial hate would win.

If I said I loved drugs and sex,
You might want to join in my game.
You might be one to go along,
Neglecting health, neglecting shame.

And if I said my skin was green
Or blue, or gender was unknown,
And wanted crayons and safe space,
You’d follow me across time zones.

So when I say that I’m a Christian
I wonder why you close your ears.
Why do you close your “open mind”
And flood your mind and heart with fears?

I only said I was a Christian.
I didn’t poke you in the face,
I didn’t hit you with a Bible
Or occupy your private space.

I only want to tell you I
Believe in Christ, Christ crucified,
His body buried in a guarded tomb
While men lost heart and women cried.

That man came back to life again
And ate a fish and honeycomb.
He gave disciples more commands,
Ascended to his holy home.

You might say it’s a fairy tale,
That there’s no life once people die.
If you can prove He didn’t rise,
Then I will bid my faith good-bye.

You hear about hypocrisy,
Not of the good works of the Lord:
How people’s lives have changed for good,
How people are revived, restored.

No, you will hear about the troubles−
That is what makes the stories sell.
You’ll seldom see them cover it
If God has made a crushed man well.

The Gospel’s name means it’s Good News,
News of salvation and God’s light.
God’s Good News is His love for you . . .
Thank you for listening tonight.

 

~Day Williams