To the Church (1)

Michael Peach

Because you’ve literalized the Christian Myth,
Your official dogma is dead. To survive at all
In an age of scientific literalism
You must either opt for metaphoric truths,
Or else explicitly differentiate
‘Tween "Messiah", "Son of Man" and "Son of God"
(Each term a projected archetypal image)
And Yeshu, who – though individuated –
According to the authorized accounts
Knew not these states could be felt by every soul.

As for your so-called Trinity, neither Yeshu
Nor Paul imagined "The Father" as a "Son".

18 September 1995

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