The pilot

Sometimes the worst thing
is the best idea
the first thing to fear
the last thing to do.

Do you know Mary who
followed the flame?
she took away voices to
frightened to name
the one
John lost his head to the woman
in black,
on the point of a promise he should
have looked back
at Mary.

They put the bridge on
the fire on the cross,
no loss to me
I’m doing well down
in Galilee
selling souvenirs
of the holy land,

hold my hand and she said,
‘Paradise is three points down
on the Dollar,
do you follow the flame?’

© 2017, John Smallshaw.