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Saint Judas Analysis



Author: poem of James Wright Type: poem Views: 7

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When I went out to kill myself, I caught

A pack of hoodlums beating up a man.

Running to spare his suffering, I forgot

My name, my number, how my day began,

How soldiers milled around the garden stone

And sang amusing songs; how all that day

Their javelins measured crowds; how I alone

Bargained the proper coins, and slipped away.



Banished from heaven, I found this victim beaten,

Stripped, kneed, and left to cry.  Dropping my rope

Aside, I ran, ignored the uniforms:

Then I remembered bread my flesh had eaten,

The kiss that ate my flesh.  Flayed without hope,

I held the man for nothing in my arms.






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James Wright\'s \"St. Judas is soulfully challenged by some that may traditionally be accepting of some childhood Bible school, where Judas was a bad name, period. Whereas Wright brings alight the human being, Judas, that was actually drafted into a role of no choice. Wright reminds me, in this poem, that we are all folly to mistakes...I\'m being vague & unclear, I know. I love this poem because one can\'t escape the \"predestination\" thing. I mean it was like-Did Judas really have a choice? NOT if it was preordained...So, he\'s really not the evil man portrayed with or without Wright\'s poem. Wright is merely at the chalkboard in front of the classroom giving us pause.

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