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Paint Him Beautiful

December 12, 2011

by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt

Bad men who love Jesus paint him beautiful, speak with him in tongues of angels
visit him in psychedelic colour of light of sound

they wait for him in trees, grab at his tunic when he passes on the side of the road if only I can touch the edge of his cloak I shall be healed

remember mercy

Bad men who love Jesus hear the cock crow three times run to the empty tomb five thousand are converted in one day

lie down in green pasture yea though they walk through the valley of the shadow of death goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives these bad men who love Jesus

inherit the earth speak to mountains wither fig trees love thy neighbour walk on water

Bad men who love Jesus live forever

prophesying redemption, gathered in baskets, in nets, made beautiful

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Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt is an artist and writer who lives in Quebec’s Eastern Townships with her husband and four children. Her work has been published in Crux, Room, the anthologies Taproot II, III and IV and in the online poetry journal, The Centrifugal Eye. She teaches English at Champlain Regional College and leads classes in embodied prayer.

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  1. December 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Amen! I am honored to be a terrible man who happen to love Jesus :-)

  2. February 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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