In this acrostic verse Steve Shoemaker imagined Simon of Cyrene, the innocent foreign (Libyan) bystander conscripted to help carry Jesus’s cross. Jesus of Nazareth was found guilty of “subverting the nation and refusing to pay tribute to Caesar.”
SIMON OF CYRENE
Since I was in Jerusalem for Passover,
I bought nice gifts both for my wife and the two boys.
Money I had, position in Cyrene, power…
Only meaning was missing, reason for my days.
Now my bags are knocked down and a Roman soldier
Orders me to carry a young condemned man’s cross.
From deep within his eyes I see a place of peace.
Crying women followed us all along the road.
Years later I could still recall, he turns and says,
Remove your tears for me, there are for you ahead
Even worse times to come: no men, no pregnancies,
No children, no city–for battles, sieges, war
End families, prosperity, leave just the poor.
- – Acrostic Verse – Steve Shoemaker – Urbana, IL, April 22, 2012
Steve (1943-2016) continued the work of Simon of Cyrene. He lived his life on behalf of the poor. We’re missing him today.
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, March 28, 2017.