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What kind of person is inside my mind,

inherently good or rooted in evil?

Does my higher brain rule my actions,

or are they no more than primeval?


My boss entrusts me with the budget,

I have a talent in using money.

He doesn’t care for the luxuries,

which strikes me as kind of funny.


We are all average people of sorts,

as we travel across this open land.

Sleeping under the stars at night,

a bed of dirt, grass, or sand.


My master is quite intelligent,

he has a great deal of power.

But most the time he won’t use it,

he says it isn’t yet his day and hour.


I am growing impatient with him,

since he could destroy any opposition.

Why won’t he declare himself the king,

he clearly has name recognition.


Our teacher ignores my advice,

I grow more impatient each day.

The church leaders want his location,

thirty pieces of silver they’ll pay.


Tonight I will force my leader to act,

he will have no alternative, no choice.

After I identify him with a simple kiss,

will there be a miracle in his voice?


As I sit at the table with my associates,

our boss is washing each man’s feet.

He is serving us bread and wine,

his words call it more than something to eat.


The way the master stares at me,

it’s like he knows what I will do.

Maybe I should escape from this place,

since I must see my mission through.


The arrest by the guards went as planned,

they took him from Gethsemane garden.

He is being condemned by religious leaders,

it doesn’t sound like he’ll get a pardon.


The silver no longer means anything to me,

I have betrayed him, an innocent person.

No matter how I try to justify my actions,

the guilt inside seems to only worsen.


Now I have a rope in my evil hands,

as I stand at the base of a suitable tree.

It is time to end my miserable life,

for betraying Jesus, the man from Galilee.



“Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.” – Mat 27:3-5 (KJV)



#death #Judas #Easter #Jesus #Christian #greed #money #crime #Religion #Bible #poem

Historical Fictional Poem (based loosely on the Bible account, various religious interpretations, and my opinion) by David Andre Davison


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