Temptation of Christ

Yeshua stripped in the desert
was Caravaggio weaving light
out of shadow, lamb in sin.

Satan crept up like nettles
clothed in asps and dirt
for God cursed Him to be wild.

(They both ask why He abandoned
his brightest Morning Stars)

They spoke under vulture circles –
for a moment, for days, for ages
Satan beguiling, imploring, He begged.

Yeshua was comely, pure even in
desolation, but still He wept
with pity for the First Son,
knowing Himself the
Second Coming.

Both bear crosses, both wear
brier roses, each a Savior
and victim, each longing
for a taste of His Light.

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