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It Came Upon a Midnight Shadow

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As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"

if you wish to kill a christ
make of him a plot device
force him in the public square
make him play your truth or dare
take the nails from off the cross
but do not sell them at a loss
invoke the suffering, the passion
make them your own as is the fashion
and tell the children in the street
the truth, the light, the way is sweet
no god can live but in a dream
the sleep of reason, asleep it seems
will never hammer in the nails
that hang a god upon the rails
such death will from believers come
such depths were never theirs to plumb
both blood and wine come from the grape
the devil's form, a pleasing shape
and so a form, an archetype
can never live up to the hype
when jesus vanishes in flames
look for those who call his name
the dying, resurrected boy
a plot device to be employed
a favor gained, and then the prize:
a chance to soar while still alive
but when the god comes crashing down
it will not make a pleasing sound
a god robust in dreams and mists
cannot live but in a myth
if you wish a god to fail
put one on the campaign trail

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