Steve Turner’s poems

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How to hide Jesus


There are people after Jesus.
They have seen the signs.
Quick, let’s hide Him.
Let’s think; carpenter,
fishermen’s friend,
disturber of religious comfort.
Let’s award Him a degree in theology,
a purple cassock
and a position of respect.
They’ll never think of looking here.
Let’s think;
His dialect may betray Him,
His tongue is of the masses.
Let’s teach Him Latin
and seventeenth century English,
they’ll never think of listening in.
Let’s think;
humble,
Man of Sorrows,
nowhere to lay His head.
We’ll build a house for Him,
somewhere away from the poor.
We’ll fill it with brass and silence.
It’s sure to throw them off.

There are people after Jesus.
Quick, let’s hide Him.

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Poet Steve Turner imagines Jesus being born today “in a downtown motel marked by a helicopter’s flashing bulb…” Steve, rock biographer and journalist, has been writing poetry since the 1970s. He selected 12 of the poems he has written between then and now which are about Jesus. They range from the “animals, stables, stars and babies” of Christmas to the “mattress of stone” on Easter morning.

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arrow Introduction

arrow If Jesus was born today

arrow Christmas is really for the children

arrow Disciples

arrow Lord, Lord

arrow The Nail Man

arrow The Crucifixion

arrow The cast of Christmas reassembles for Easter

arrow The morning that Death was killed

arrow Heaven

arrow Poem for Easter

arrow How to hide Jesus

arrow Where Jesus touched the earth

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