Jesus Year

Jesus Year

Jesus Year


Today I turn thirty-three.

Jesus Christ was thirty-three


when he rolled away the stone.

Jesus Christ. Am I that old


or was he that young?

The Jesus Year is when


you’re supposed to get

things done. Maybe I’ll flip


donation tables at some

political convention or scrub


my wife’s toes and heels.

I don’t know any lepers.


I won’t start the year

in that Jesus go-getter


spirit when I blow out

candles and eat frosted sugar.


The truth is I want to watch a

grandson grow old too much


to die a martyr. Maybe

this year will just be another


ticket punch on the Holy-

Roller train to meet


Jesus when my days end.

I imagine I will greet him


as a loose acquaintance,

not quite yet friends.

15 Responses to “Jesus Year

  • Roger Lew
    1 year ago

    Mark, Happy Birthday and many, many happy returns.

  • colin chatburn
    1 year ago

    rather hope mark,if you have any enemys tey don’t want to nail you to a bit wood.the poem,plain and simple.i enjoyed reading it

  • Lori K
    1 year ago

    Happy Birthday!

  • Happy Birthday Mark! I remember thinking about that when I turned 33. I thought I should have been so much more by then. Well that was 20 years ago…yikes time flies. <3
    Diana xo

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  • Robert Crisp
    1 year ago

    Excellent poem, my friend. I’m closing on 43 this year. 42 was supposed to be “The Meaning of Life” year, owing to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. So far, I’m not feeling it. Ah, well. Happy birthday!

  • Incredible! Great poem and happy birthday! I am 33 years old and it’s been one of the best years of my life.

  • From the looks of things, this year will be one of adventure and joy! You’re still a pup, so remember Rule 62. 😉
    Happy birthday, my friend!

  • Happy Birthday!!
    I hope this will be a wonderful year full of cool things!
    (I can’t remember 33!)

  • Deep. Touching. Jesus died at 33. We live. God’s love for us. Jesus’ loving obedience to his father. ????

  • I meant a happy face for that emoticon. Sorry.

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