John Allen Richter

Gold Star - 7,086 Points (1959 / Richmond, In)

Pharisees - Poem by John Allen Richter

Milk and honey flows through our lives -
not hearing those others' caged cries...
Laying gruffly in our silken gowns -
complaining of our tarnished crowns -
and that our cream has become tepid.

Others would kill for such luxury -
that our pampered eyes know not...

Topic(s) of this poem: greed

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Recently there has been a 'Challenge' on social media wherein one douses himself with a cold bucket full of ice water and then posts the video of it on Facebook. The premise is that it is to raise funds or awareness for some medical cause that I can't remember. So the awareness part obviously didn't work.

And then I thought of those people of other nations who might never have seen a bucket's worth of clean water in their entire lives, and I wonder what they might feel if they saw us dumping it out so freely. If our goal was to simply goad our surpluses over them then perhaps we could just video tape our waste as we flush it down the toilet with clean water and send those videos to these poor, unfortunate people.

I think the people who do these things don't really think about the great advantages they have in this life - nor do they often think of those not so blessed. And the 'cause' is only a ruse anyway. What they are really doing is making a large spectacle out of their relationships, like the self proclaimed holy Pharisees who made grand public gestures of greeting themselves while ignoring all others - uncaring of how it made others feel. Christ hated them. What does it take to make Christ hate someone? I mean that's a pretty tall order. I think it takes indifference to any others. I hope my poem highlights that...... Thank you for stopping by.

Comments about Pharisees by John Allen Richter

  • Daniel Brick (3/16/2015 5:09:00 AM)

    Not hearing - not seeing - the plight of their fellow human beings - that what condemns the Pharisees. They ignored those most in need of help and still as you show had the gall to complain their privileged lives were tough (the tepid cream) . OH, the hypocrisy that Jesus saw through and attacked so fiercely! However, much the Gospels condemn them morally, The Pharisees were the Hebrew teachers who brought Greek religious ideas into Judaism and from there into Christianity - concepts like the immortality of the individual soul, and the concept of heaven are not Judaic - they're Greek. OH, the complexity of religion. But that does not get the Pharisees a free ride - their moral behavior is what Jesus and the Gospel writers focus on. As your poem does forcefully. What a jerk this man is. Simply no compassion for for others. He would never be the Good Pharisee like the outcast Samaritan who does help. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 2, 2015

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