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“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it.”
    ~ Mark 11:12-14 (NIV)

She brought up her favorite free dating site;
An odd message filled the whole screen.
The browser she used, it explained, was the work
Of a firm that had been so unclean
As to take for its leader a guy who’d made clear
That gay rights he couldn’t abide;
It suggested she make her own statement by using
A browser of some brand beside
The one running now — though it ran fine and well —
Who could care for an installer ride?
She clicked through the message and searched for a match
Who’d be glad she could take her own side.

The on-the-air preacher confided his hope
That the dating site would go to hell
For forcing its users toward browsers from all
But the firm which — he rankled to tell —
Had made an apology for what he called
But free speech on its new leader’s part,
As though anybody who’d argue this point
Would offend all for which all take pride:
Both the nation and God, though both foster my right
To ignore him and take my own side.

The first of evangelists says the tree story
Attests to the force of belief.
The second concurs, but then steps up the rate
At which the tree came to its grief.
The third rather claims that the tree symbolizes
The fate of those who don’t repent.
The fourth was the first to claim Jesus is God,
So of course, of the tree, is silent,
For any mere mortal is apt to get angry
When trees out of season provide
No fruit for one in his time likely admired
Because he just took his own side.

    April 2014

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