A sole preacher of the wilderness

To thus attest, the Lord’s word

Of numbers great, from lands afar

Would flock to him

To the river Jordan with baptizing

A righteous man, John the Baptist

Of whom would practice, righteous ways

To tell the people, flee from sin

To warn them of a coming king

A worthy man, much greater than him

Yet Pharisees and Sadducees could not appease

Nor make-believe, of apparent good

For turn away from solemn sin

Of God’s kingdom, enter in

Simply clad of camel’s hair, simple food, home of bare

From Nazareth, so Jesus came

To be baptized, God’s holy plan

Yet worthy not, to unfasten his shoes

Open heavens, spirit of God

A symbol of, the coming King


Written by Geraldine Taylor ©