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The Last Supper of Judas ~ a Poem

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

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The Last Supper of Judas.

"Judas, you may choose your meal,

Anything you like.

Write your order on the form,

Be it seafood, chicken, steak."


I took the piece of paper

But expressed no word of thanks.

I'd think about it later,

My mind was shooting blanks.


I'd rather contemplate my life

Both happy times and sad,

Like backpacking in Europe,

Or being mugged in Chad.


Then following my gap-year,

With proud college graduation.

To land a job in brokerage firm

Gave feelings of elation.


The girl I fell in love with,

We set a wedding date.

One crazy drunken moment,

And now it's all too late.


The jury's verdict, "GUILTY!"

I had to catch my breath.

"Judas Steven Garrett,

I sentence you to death!"


The chaplain enters with The Book,

To ask me to repent,

And seek the Lord's forgiveness

For a life that was ill-spent.

I pick up the pen and paper

And write upon the form,

"Eye fillet steak with mushroom sauce,

And lobster tail, and corn."


This will be my final meal,

My last Earthly request,

So I'll share my meal with Jesus,

The Lord will be my guest.

Steak and Lobster meal: Image by u_o6zyucpb from Pixabay

Steak and Lobster meal: Image by u_o6zyucpb from Pixabay

The Last Last Meal In Texas

In the United States, most states give the "special meal" a day or two before execution to Death Row prisoners. Alcohol or tobacco are usually denied. Unorthodox or unavailable requests are usually replaced with substitutes

However, in September 2011, the state of Texas abolished all special last-meal requests after condemned prisoner Lawrence Russell Brewer requested a huge last meal and did not eat any of it, saying he was not hungry. His last meal request was for a plate of two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions, a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, a bowl of fried okra with ketchup, a pound of barbecued meat with half of a loaf of white bread, a portion of three fajitas, a meat lover's pizza (topped with pepperoni, ham, beef, bacon, and sausage), a pint of Blue Bell, a serving of ice cream, a slab of peanut-butter fudge with crushed peanuts, and a serving equivalent to three root beers (non-alcoholic). The abolition followed a complaint by a Texas Senator, John Whitmire of Houston, who called the meal "inappropriate".

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 01, 2020:

Thank you, Jeremiah. Much appreciated.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on September 01, 2020:

Awesome poem. Very captivating.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 30, 2018:

Hi Frank, better late then never, especially if waiting in Death Row I guess. Thanks for reading and the encouraging comment.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 30, 2018:

Very fitting and as per-usual awesome.. I'm surprised I didn't catch this three years ago

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2018:

Thank you so much, Syzabhel. I am glad you found this poem meaningful. I appreciate your kind comment.

maria erika amour recabo from cagayan de oro on March 26, 2018:

Hello John... it made me think twice about taking life seriously with God... its a very meaningful poet... i hope this one will spread... as God spread every meal for everyone who is hungry... God Bless you and take care always...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 23, 2017:

Bill, it is always good to see and welcome comment on my older hubs. Yes, I guess it is an evergreen topic while people are still placed on death row.

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on June 23, 2017:

This is an evergreen John that popped up at the top of the list when I checked in. It's a fascinating poem that acts as a transportation center for contemplation: generating thoughts about such diverse matters as The Last Supper, Capital Crime, and Capital Punishment. Great job as usual.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Hi Bob, thank you for your observant and insightful comment. You offer more food for thought but I agree with your observations. Sometimes unfortunately for many people it's not the"Holy Spirit" that they put their faith in but the spirit contained in a bottle. I appreciate your vote up too, and I can now say without a word of a lie.."no body' has read this hub.

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on March 03, 2015:

Jesus is quick to forgive a repentant heart but consequences of sin fall hard many times. The man who understood too late to live his life focused on Christ gave his attention and thinking mind to alcohol. So many times this happens and by God's grace we do not hurt anyone. I see this person must have done so and was clearly guilty. Now as the Life ends that he wasted in his physical body all he has is what-ifs for what could have been done with the years left to him. Was the drink worth it? Many of us think so, but I wonder. I truly DO believe in death-bed conversions and condemned man rethinks. But I also believe that they are far and few. Because at that moment on top of the guilt of what he had done to get to this point, he will also have to grasp the weight of his whole sin nature. I am skeptical that this happens often but I think it can and I am very glad your character in the story did end up being with Jesus, repenting and converting. It was a great story, full of thought-provoking lines that made me introspective and mindful of my blessings and to refocus my thoughts for the day on my Savior. I voted up and useful and awesome. God bless, Bob.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank you peachpurple, glad you enjoyed this.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 03, 2015:

Awesome poem, judas should read it loud and clear by now

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 02, 2015:

Why thank you dear Audrey for such encouraging words. This poem is one of my personal favourites and I am please you liked it enough to share it as well.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 02, 2015:

Oh Jodah, your poetry is magnificent. I am very impressed. The ending is perfect and made me tear up. Your connection with Judas Iscariot and Judas Stephen Garrett is brilliant!

I voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I'll be sharing this as well. Thank you John dear.

Audrey

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 25, 2014:

Thanks Carrie, this was actually one of the next I was considering entering, and you are the second to recommend 'two left feet'.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on July 25, 2014:

Gripping and deserving of a poetry contest :). Emotional; if judges don't approve of this one, they may be too political and may never be satisfied.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 31, 2014:

Thanks Joe. Glad you enjoyed this poem. I enjoyed writing it. It is one of my favourites.

Joe from north miami FL on May 31, 2014:

Great poem, strong route to take, religion is always touchy and you've gained a lot of praise for the content. Great read really enjoyed the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 26, 2014:

Thank you for reading word55, and for your kind and true words. Much appreciated.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on May 26, 2014:

Hey Jodah, that was cool, clever and classy. I have a Lord's Last Supper portrait similar to that one hanging in my pad. I'm glad it happened (the last supper) the way it did. It turned out to be the best for us. Jesus is now, ours. Thank you Au fait for your sharing intuition. You're wonderful!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 25, 2014:

Judas killed his wife, Au fait, hence the death penalty. Thank you so much for reading, sharing and vote up. Much appreciated.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 25, 2014:

Got distracted and forgot to say that I'm sharing this with my followers as I'm sure they'll find it intriguing. Also voted up, and interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 25, 2014:

Interesting play on events. So what happened in the drunken moment that ruined everything?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 04, 2014:

Thank you travmaj. so glad you enjoyed this. It's always great to get your insightful and encouraging comments.

travmaj from australia on May 04, 2014:

This is so innovative and your concept of the Last Supper really flowed along making an interesting and intriguing read. Enjoyed this poem very much.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading this one Eddy, glad you found it an enjoyable read. Take care.

Eiddwen from Wales on May 03, 2014:

Very clever John I really enjoyed this one. Wishing you a great weekend.

Eddy.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 03, 2014:

Thanks for reading this Jo and for your generous comment. You can stop worrying now that you called me 'Judas'...haha. I could understand if you did though, it is similar.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 02, 2014:

John, another masterpiece from a talented poet. I now get what you meant about Judas, so glad I didn't inadvertently changed your name. :)

Here's to more great poetry from you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 02, 2014:

Theresa, thanks for reading. I think I read your Lazarus poem. Glad you liked this. I saw an article showing last meal requests by prisoners on death row and that gave me this idea. Rained here today, but I think tomorrow is predicted fine and cool.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on May 02, 2014:

Jodah - Very interesting and creative. You didn't at all go where I was expecting -- the title was just a jumping off place. Clever. There must be something in the air, because not too long ago I did a poem about Lazarus.

Hope you have a wonderful and sun-filled weekend. Theresa

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2014:

Thank you Gypsy, I greatly appreciate you reading my hubs. Thanks too for the vote up. Glad you enjoyed this Last Supper.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 30, 2014:

Voted up and awesome. Great and creative take on the last supper. Well done.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 29, 2014:

Kim thanks f.or reading and the vote up. From one awesome poet to another.

Hey B.A., thanks for that kind comment. Yes, I had to slip a little humour into a serious situation.

B. A. Williams from USA on April 29, 2014:

Love the dry humor in it, and of course the choice of his last meal was right over the top. Enjoyed it!

ocfireflies on April 29, 2014:

Jodah,

Another awesome poem by a really awesome poet. V+ for sure.

Kim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 29, 2014:

Hi Frank. I thought this one would appeal to you being kind of up your ally. I have enjoyed the challenge of this being poetry month. Probably will have a burn out, or poetry hiatus soon...hope not. Thanks for supporting my writing.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 29, 2014:

you and Audrey are really tearing up this poetry month and you have yet to disappoint great job Jodah :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 28, 2014:

Thanks Blossom, yes it doesn't look bad at all. Apparently Texas has stopped allowing last meal requests because a number of condemned prisoners ordered extravagant last meals and then refused to eat them. One asked for whatever he ordered to be given to some homeless person so they could really appreciate it, but the prison authorities refused. I think that is sad. Glad you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 28, 2014:

Thanks Dana I really do appreciate you taking the time to read my hubs, and I don't restrict myself to one genre, so I can keep them interesting. It also stops me getting bored with writing, which I would if I had a niche. Thank you for sharing and voting up too.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on April 28, 2014:

A really good poem. Actually that prison menu looks quite good - quite a different 'Last Supper', too.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on April 28, 2014:

Jodah: This story was a very enjoyable read. I really appreciate your work and enjoy reading your hubs...thanks for sharing. I voted up

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 28, 2014:

Hello Devika, thanks so much for that generous comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading this poem.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 28, 2014:

A truly amazing write here and you so beautifully let out your great expressions. Voted up, and beautiful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks for reading Alicia. Yes, sometimes my imagination takes control...haha. Hope you find that link interesting too.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 27, 2014:

This is a very interesting poem, Jodah. I appreciate your imagination! Thanks for the NPR link, too, which I'll investigate. I've heard of the theory that Judas was trying to help Jesus instead of betray him. It's an interesting topic.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Good old Judas, Eric...haha. You know him well. I appreciate your fun comment. Thanks for reading, and glad you enjoyed this.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on April 27, 2014:

Definitely a fun read, Judas would order a la carte, charge it to Jesus's room and then ask for Jesus to tip the bellhop and then as k for his hand in death. Judas is pretty slick. Enjoyed it a lot Jodah.

EWF

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thank you Michael for that insightful comments your words are so true, and I appreciate your support and vote up.

Michael-Milec on April 27, 2014:

Hi jodah.

Perfectly captured the " last." The betrayal of the Savior or oneself- leads to contemplation of " my last meal." Even slow biting and grinding food can't be easily swallowed at a thought of facing the " last.' Lots of think about , master poet. Congratulation.

Voted up and beautiful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Hi Ruby, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Thanks for reading and your kind comment. I had seen a post on Facebook earlier in the day about prisoner's last meals, and just had an idea to base a hub on that.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thank you whounwho, appreciate your reading and kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thank you for reading Marie. Haha I usually have a twist in there. Did you notice the play on the main character's name? When the judge sentences him in court he calls his name, Judas Steven Garrett (Judas S Garrett...sounds a lot like Judas Iscariot). Thanks for the interesting vote too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Hi Shauna, thanks for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed the moral and the ending.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 27, 2014:

Poignant, your last supper. Changing from the bible Judas to a man's last meal before he is put to death. I loved the fact that he was a believer and knew he would see God. Wonderful writing John...

whonunuwho from United States on April 27, 2014:

I enjoy your work my friend. whonu

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on April 27, 2014:

Hi Jodah, I decided to read this one because I knew it had to be creative. I thought it would be a twist on THE last supper, but it turned out to be a modern man named Judas. (I was looking for a creative twist.)

Yes, meter and rhyme are consistent--good job with these. Voted interesting.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

I love the ending to this, Jodah. Your poetry reads so smoothly and always has a moral to the story. Bravo!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thank you Rachael for reading this as well as my other hubs. I do hope to be able to publish a book one day in the jot too distant future, and yes I need to get a flash drive.

Eric, too dark for you! Oh dear. I like food so much I think I'd like to know when it was to be my last.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 27, 2014:

A little dark to my senses, though I suppose we should go there from time to time. I ponder last suppers. Hope I don't know mine is that.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on April 27, 2014:

This was an awesome poem Jodah. I've been reading over your other hubs and you are a very good poet. You have a good sense of rhyme and meter when you write and for me, that's what I hear in my head and what I look for when I'm reading poetry. I like prose poetry too but I like rhyming poetry the most.

You got it all covered! Yessssssssssssss, you need to write a book and get these out in the world for others to read and enjoy. Sorry to hear about the computer crash. Never trust anything to a save on your computer. Invest in a $10 flash drive (mine is 32GB) and store everything on there (to have 24/7 at home and away) so you don't lose computer access to valuable things like these wonderful poems.

Voted up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks for reading and your kind comment Aneegma. They do have hub awards once a year, Most Popular Hubber, Funniest Hubber, Best Poet etc. Not sure when though.

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on April 27, 2014:

If ever there was a trophy for the best poem writer it should be yours! Another masterpiece. Well done.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks Jamie, I didn't expect it to get a funny vote, but I appreciate it anyway...the awesome and creative are cool.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 27, 2014:

This is awesome, so funny and creative. I love it. Jamie

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks for reading Harish, and the vote up, glad you enjoyed the ending too.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on April 27, 2014:

" So I'll share supper with Jesus, The lord will be my guest". These last words give such a fantastic climax to the fate of Judas that such an end will be all blissful to every eye. John, Great poem ! Voted up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks for everything Faith. Glad you enjoyed this. God bless you too.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 27, 2014:

Wonderful! I am with Jackie here, in that I have seen your writing grow so beautifully in such a short time. Really impressive poem here. Yes, there is not one who is too far gone for Jesus ... not one, if they want Him, it is their choice.

Love all of your imagery here and that Last Supper video is chilling, especially with the music effects!

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings for a lovely Sunday.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks for reading Flourish, and you kind comment. The Last Supper idea came first, then I made t about a guy named Judas.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks for reading Flourish, and you kind comment. The Last Supper idea came first, then I made t about a guy named Judas.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2014:

Thanks Jackie, I guess practice makes perfect. I'll have to publish one day. I had been sorting out all my poetry into word documents and then my computer crashed and lost it all. I've had to start over, so I'll get there. Thanks for your comment and encouragement.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 27, 2014:

Good one, John. I like how you combine the idea of prison meals and Judas.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 27, 2014:

These are getting so good John! You may want to get a copyright on them all before putting them out for all the Judas's in the world, lol. I just don't have words to express how very much you impress me with the growth of your writings. I saw potential months ago and now you have gone beyond proving me right!

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