“Sell Vatican to end hunger, comic says” (Chen-ou Liu)

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Church side door—
in a cracked hand
two coins

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Headlines:

“Sell Vatican to end hunger, comic says” (Toronto Star)

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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  1. TerryO'C

    Verse and news story really works well. This one has teeth and tears. So well juxtaposed.
    Sarah Silverman may well have been joking but when confronted with the sad reality contained in the beautiful poem it does not seem so funny or ridiculous.

    The Vatican Corporation probably have . . . definitely have the most priceless of all priceless art collections. How can they, in good conscience, sit on such a golden egg when those monies could be put to such good use?
    As the poem shows, they would not have to go far to find those who need it most.
    LOL, I’m not waving a red flag here, I just wish the preachers would practice a bit more of what they pontificate from the Prada wearing pulpit.

    Oh my two cents are gonna get me into trouble one of these days.

  2. Chen-ou Liu

    “The Vatican Corporation probably have . . . definitely have the most priceless of all priceless art collections. How can they, in good conscience, sit on such a golden egg when those monies could be put to such good use?
    As the poem shows, they would not have to go far to find those who need it most.
    LOL, I’m not waving a red flag here, I just wish the preachers would practice a bit more of what they pontificate from the Prada wearing pulpit.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Matthew 25:31-40: The Sheep and the Goats

    31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

    34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

    Your two cents review is priceless and the “two cents” in my haiku is an ironical allusion to Jesus’ parable, The Widow and Two Coins, which is recorded in Luke 21.

    Many thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Chen-ou

  3. Chris White

    Hi Chen-ou, I’m not well versed in Bible stories so I wasn’t aware of your allusion until you pointed it out, but wow! Armed with that knowledge this poem really has wings. What an incredible amount of verticality! This reaches deep into human history. Absolutely fantastic allusion.

  4. Dick Whyte

    Agreed Chris – Chen-ou’s reading gives such depth to a seemingly simple poem. Nice work Chen!!

  5. Chen-ou Liu

    Chris and Dick, sorry for my belated response. Thank you both for your encouraging comments.

    Chen-ou

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