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  A Jew nailed to the cross.
by Peter J. Oszmann
Saturday, February 19, 2005
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“If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.”

 -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)



He was not born to be king, not born to be God,

Not born to be a saint and not born to be “odd”,

He was just a humble Man, a Jew.

He was mild and meek mannered, gentle as a dove,

He wanted to teach mankind the meaning of love,

For the meaning of love He knew.


What’s the price of love? Thirty pieces of silver,

Greasing the palms of a close, well beloved traitor?

Love seems just like an albatross

Tied around the neck, ready to choke you, to kill.

When you love, you love. Be ready to pay the bill.

He died. A Jew nailed to the cross.


Did He go up to heaven? Sits by the side of God?

Sceptre in the one hand and in the other the Rod?

Fact? Or a legend with a gloss?

Blood covered the cross, through palms and feet went the nail,

That’s what the world was told, what’s described in the tale;

He died. A Jew nailed to the cross.


Whom do we cry for in His fate? The Jew? The Man?

Was there a Divine will? Was there a Divine plan?

Did He save mankind on the cross?

Is the world cleansed of sin? Are we better today?

Do we know what is right? Do we follow His way?

Is religion a double-cross?


Two thousand years had passed; the world’s no better place,

All the ugliness Jewish blood could not erase.

Did He die in vain on the cross?

Spilled blood soils the Earth; God’s face must be turned away.

Curse sits on Man’s soul; we stumbled and lost our way,

Lost in a deep slumber, in doss.


Two thousand years on He is on trial once more,

In camps like Auschwitz was He victim or saviour?

Mass graves are now covered with moss…

Lest we forget, let us now uncover the graves,

Let us look again at the shaven headed slaves,

All “filthy” Jews… nailed to the cross…


All the cruel deeds of the past cannot be undone,

Only love can save our souls, not the blazing gun.

Carnage God would never applaud.

Maybe I am stupid, I cannot understand

Why “holy” men fight “holy” wars in “holy” land,

In the most holy name of God.


Remove the nails from His flesh, set the cross on fire,

Forget the crescent moon, the stars; bring out the lyre.

Sing ‘bout love we all understand.

Dispel ignorance; bring God from heaven to Earth,

Let Him walk amongst us, show the way to rebirth,

To bring us peace in all the land.


© P. J. Oszmann (2003)

© Illustration created in Photoshop (2004)

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Reviewed by Keith Rowley 8/6/2012
Bless you Peter, my departed friend.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 2/28/2005
Absolutley Magnificent!! Superb!!
Peter, This is PERFECTION!
Thank You So Very Much
Love Tracey xooxox
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/22/2005
this is an amazing write there are lines here.....mind blowing
truth in every heartfelt word
"he was just a humble man, a jew"
with a message of love/peace
deeply felt Outstanding!!!
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 2/21/2005
Peter--this affected me deeply. Well written and message heard.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/20/2005

Intelligent knowledge inspired the mind; picture of true facts were
reminisced, and all the TRADITIONAL tales of Salvation came alive to be showed
in the mirror of reality as a call for PEACE through the
poetic voice of of a masterpiece named,
>>>>>>>>>"A Jew nailed to the cross." < < < < < < < < <

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 2/20/2005
This was deep. Well done
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/19/2005
Wonderful write, Peter. Well-told.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by jude forese 2/19/2005
brilliant poetry!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/19/2005
This must be a hard memory to forget, even harder to forgive...I am speechless, Peter...and I feel your pain...Ed
Reviewed by L. Figgins 2/19/2005
"Bring God from heaven to earth..." Peter, that you have no bitterness eloquently expresses your message of love and peace. Too long men have killed and maimed, carrying their flags like holy banners. I would bid you God's peace, but it allready resides within you. Bless you, Sir, and thank you...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/19/2005
I agree that this one is very thought provoking and the message is clear. We should all live like him and yes he did save us from ourselves. Karen is right in that he died for all mankind. The apostle Paul said it best in that Christ died not just for one particular group of people but for all that believed on him. This is a true masterpiece for this season.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/19/2005

Heartwrenching, mind-numbing, sobering, thought provoking piece, Peter, as only you can do! He died not in vain; He died to save mankind from the wages of sin and slavery! You are the TRUE Chosen People of God, and in the end, it is YOU who win! We ALL win, really! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love (and prayers for your daughter), your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/19/2005

A heartbreaking, sobering, thought provoking piece you've penned here. His dying was not in vain; the Jewish nation and people are His chosen. :) You guys win in the end! :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(

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Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. unraveling
  2. Fading into the unknown
  3. Great King Phallus
  4. Presence
  5. In Loving Memory
  6. Breathe A New Love In Me
  7. You're Not Alone
  8. Reincarnation
  9. I Wish I Knew
  10. digesting newness
  11. Drawbacks
  12. Blood-Kin Beachcombing
  13. An Old Man Ponders
  14. See Me
  15. an aging man still searching...
  16. When the Devil Bites an Angel...
  17. So, What?
  18. Missed By No One
  19. spring times 3
  20. I'm Thankful For

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