Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PROPHETS'S AT HOME DAY, by ANTHONY STEELE

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PROPHETS'S AT HOME DAY, by            
First Line: That's joseph: he's our joiner here, you know
Last Line: About a woman.

'THAT'S Joseph: he's our joiner here, you know,
"Joiner to Nazareth."
That's a fine title, eh? He thinks it so;
Don't waste your breath.
He's not a bad sort really -- it's his son
We can't abide:
I never yet on earth saw such a one
For sinful pride.
Just a poor beggar boy: you understand?
Yet he aspires
To proselytising up and down the land --
Oh! these Messiahs!
You'll say that he's a fool or mad or both,
Bees in his bonnet!
Well, there's his parents, beggared by his sloth,
Curses upon it!
And worse, he's got a following of sorts, --
Oh! just a rabble,
Cheap fishermen, the riff-raff of the ports,
They love his babble.
And his poor mother! well they say you know --
But there! that's common.' --
So ran the cackle centuries ago
About a woman.

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