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MEENA KANDASAMY
betrayal

If Judas had lived longer,
(and not simply hanged himself or
become a forlorn exile)
or if he had abandoned
his conscience forever, selling it with
those thirty shining pieces of silver -
he would have become, in all probability
a very successful politician.

He would have sold scores
of saviours, grew rich and
a millionaire. And contended, lived his life
enslaving men, abhorring slaves -
and Mr. Judas Iscariot, would have
become a kind of star celebrity,
forever remembered. A History.

And to this day,
treachery flourishes-
The fate of Jesus befalls
every other messiah.
In this world,
there is a single critical risk:
even the kisses betray.