It was on Monday
that religion got in the way,
An outsider would have thought
that it was a pet shop’s fire sale.
And an outsider, in some ways,
wouldn’t have been far wrong.
Only, it wasn’t household pets,
it was pigeons that were being purchased.
And it wasn’t a fire sale;
it was a rip-off shop in a holy temple
bartering birds for sacrifice.
And the price was something only the rich could afford.
No discounts to students or seniors, pensioners,
or social security claimants.
Then he, the holiest man on earth, went through that bizarre bazaar
like a bull in a china shop.
So the doves got liberated
and the pigeon sellers got angry.
And the police went crazy,
and the poor people clapped like mad,
because he was making a sign
that God was for everybody,
not just for those who could afford him.
He turned the tables on Monday…
the day that religion got in the way.
From: Stages on the Way, Iona Community Wild Goose Resource Group