" Philemon and Baucis Offering Hospitality to Jupiter and Mercury" by Restout‘Raison Du Jour‘ and Other Poetry by Gerald George The Society June 19, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 2 Comments Raison Du Jour Reason is like tea.It’s best at four o’clock,Which is an hour before cocktailsAnd two hours before dark. . . Finding at the Door a Disheveled Man Late on a Sunday Afternoon You don’t believe that I am Christ returnedbecause, you say, so often you’ve been burnedby charlatans pretending they were Me?I say that all who say they are may be.God’s love is not embraceable in one.One ray is not the measure of the sun. But then you ask, why would I return hereinstead of in some holy place or nearlarge populations? But I say to youI also am myself in Timbuktuthis very moment, and in Rome, New York,Peoria, Calcutta, and Dubuque. But why, you ask, is my return to sightnot brought forth in a brilliant flash of lightor heralded by thunder from afaror, as before, accompanied by a star?I say that if you don’t believe in Me,theatrical effects won’t make you see. I say that I have picked you out to giveyou one last chance eternally to live.If you will give me dinner and a bed—and something spirituous to soothe my head—I will forego what I had come to do,which is to start the Judgement Day with you. . . Gerald George has published two books of poetry: Figments and Imitations of Indonesia. His work also has appeared in numerous periodicals including the New England Poetry Review, Potomac Review, Saranac Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Visions International, and in four anthologies. My verse play, Bailey’s Mistake, was performed in Maine’s 2008 One-Act Play Festival. He formerly served on the editorial board of the literary journal Off the Coast. He lives in Belfast, Maine. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Jeff Eardley June 19, 2021 Gerald, these are great. As an Englishman, I had to read up on Peoria and Dubuque which are now firmly on my bucket list. That final punchline is a masterpiece. Thank you. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant June 19, 2021 Gerald, I’m with you all the way on ‘Raison Du Jour’ – an hour of the serious stuff before the medicinal antidote to harsh in-your-face reality. Bottoms up to that sentiment. ‘Finding at the Door a Disheveled Man Late on a Sunday Afternoon’ is one helluva clickbait title that doesn’t disappoint – theology meets philosophy meets hilarity with aplomb. Hats off to you, Sir! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.