Every four years
the Christians put aside
their differences to gather
at the Discipleship Olympics.
There they contend with each other
to determine who is the greatest.
The rivalry is fierce,
with acolytes punishing their bodies
and exercising their minds for many years
even to prove worthy of selection.
After days of contesting, measuring,
personal-best scores, fingernail finishes
and acts of heroism and sacrifice;
after countless stories of love,
devotion, triumph over adversity,
courage, heartache and disappointment,
winners are declared.
Flagpoles are readied, anthems are cued
and the victorious ones are called
to stand behind the podium
and await the invitation to ascend.
Before they can do so,
a group of children,
playful, unkempt and disorderly,
is herded before them.
The medals are presented
to the children, who play with them,
laugh, and take turns
in having their pictures taken.
© Ken Rookes 2012