After Acts 18
A person of note in Corinth,
I, Crispus, synagogue ruler,
respected, heeded, sought for advice
and counsel, a benefactor welcomed
in the homes of Jews and Gentiles,
my wife acknowledged among the women,
and I have today thrown all of it away
because of the Tarsian, what he said,
what his words burned
into my heart there in the place
I ruled, the synagogue. The others
dismissed him, disparaged him,
laughed at him, ridiculed him,
gnashed their teeth at him and
tore their clothes, mocking outrage.
I did not.
I could not.
I followed him
to the house
Greeks, me and
I am lost.
I am found.
Photograph: The ruin of a Roman fountain in Corinth.