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Poem: “Bethlehem”


By Patrick T. Reardon

Motel sign, blinking, blinking, blinking:

“Jesus Christ slept here.” 

Put up a theme park with dioramas

and interactive learning centers

and miniature railroad circuits

and, as one of the attractions,

a You-Are-Crucified ride

that ends in a big splash of death

and then a quiet slide to redemption.

Or oblivion in the

Tunnel of Love.

Patrick T. Reardon


Originally published in Ariel Chart on 7.8.19.

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