Jude 1920 1280 D.S. Martin

How horrid to live with a tainted name
to be so easily confused   with one who sold your Lord
Who could blame you   Jude
for going by Thaddaeus afterword?
I’m with you   too   in wondering why
Christ wouldn’t show himself to the world

Is this why they say you went to Syria
to Libya   to Armenia   to show him yourself?
O patron saint of lost causes
under either of your names
when the iconographers paint you
they show your Pentecostal flames

O Courageous Heart   he said he’d show
himself to those who love him   hiding
behind parables   siding with the dogs
beneath the children’s table    & so
you sought to spread that love
as much as you were able



This poem is part of an upcoming collection, Ampersand. Please visit www.dsmartin.ca for more information about this and D.S. Martin’s other published works. 



D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is the author of three poetry collections 'Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis' (Cascade), 'Poiema' (Wipf & Stock), and the chapbook 'So The Moon Would Not Be Swallowed' (Rubicon). His poems have appeared in such publications as Canadian Literature, The Christian Century, Dalhousie Review, and Queen's Quarterly. He is the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series from Cascade Books, and the editor of the new anthology, The Turning Aside. He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two sons.

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