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.