Poem for Jesus – Caroline Kemp

Veronica bakes a cake for Jesus.
Mary washes his feet, with her hair,
with care.
He visits Martha’s house,
for a little while…..
On the whole, however, I think he is happier with the boys,
his apostles.
They stick together.
Man’s talk
Wander about
impressing everyone
with their earnestness
and vision –
larging it,
putting it about,
rounds in for everyone.
Wine and fish suppers.

We are all impressed
Same as it ever was
The wonder of man
Men behaving goodly

I won’t say
Look where that got him..
another happy ending.


The following poem is one I read out to Julia…with a little trepidation ..over 20 years ago..she was doing a reading of her own poems in Gateshead library and battling amazingly with her own health.
I had my own health issues too and was highly inspired by all her hospital poems..I still intend to do a similar collection as I admired her work so much and saw how much it affected others.
Julia loved my poem and it always gives me strength to think back on that moment when she gave me positive feedback and encouragement…every time now when my internal critic swoops in I think of her and that gift she gave to everyone..such a spirit.
She helped me believe in myself.

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