The Last Supper of Judas (a Poem)
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.
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".
- The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot? : NPR
Researchers say they have discovered the only known copy of the Gospel of Judas, which portrays Judas Iscariot not as a traitor, but as an essential player in helping Jesus carry out his mission. Alex Chadwick talks to Herb Krosney, author of The Los
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