Sure, I’ll Have Another Cup

Great party, isn’t it, Jesus?
Have you tasted the wine?
I tell you, it’s the best I’ve ever had.
And just imagine! They brought this out
when few of us (but me, the connoisseur)
had drunk too much to know
the difference!

Great party, isn’t it, Jesus?
The servants weave their festive dance,
the jugs refilled at every gesture,
and every guest bears overflowing cup –
except for me, the connoisseur.
I won’t miss a drop. I know
the difference!

Great party, isn’t it, Jesus?
Come, have a cup of wine with me!
I think I’m well ahead of you on this.
Don’t frown into your drinking bowl
as if you scented blood. I’m a connoisseur,
I tell you. I would know
the difference!

Great party, isn’t it, Jesus?
But you recoil from this wine
as if it were long soured,
served upon a reeking sponge
to one crucified. But I’m a connoisseur,
I am. Of wine, I know
the difference.

A poem/prayer based on John 2:1-11, the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel reading for Year C, 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany.

Photo by Eric Anderson.