Poem of the Week 07

A Valentine from Jesus??

I found it on my windshield—that’s a fact—
where some well-meaning soul had gently placed it,
inscribed “Beloved in the Lord” and tacked
behind a wiper blade. I hate to waste it.
I’ve always thought Jesus was quite a dude
and just as inspirational as Ghandi
(Mahatma), who taught never to be rude
whether you drive a Chevy or a Hondi.
But now I fear I have been singled out.
What Solomonic gesture netted me
this card, unlike my neighbors all about?
Wait, there’s a flash of light and now I see:
It’s not that Jesus wants me any nearer.
It’s just that Buddha hanging from the mirror.

—Claudia Gary