After Mark 11:1-14
Hungry, he spies a tree,
a fig tree in full leaf,
suggestive of branches
hanging heavy with fruit.
He searches, but the tree
offers nothing, yields nothing
but leaves, an appearance only,
an invitation without substance,
a mirage, a fraud
and so the curse.
From the cursed fig
to the temple, with its appearance
of wealth and wisdom and worship
but nothing but appearance, a fraud,
and so it joins its brother,
the fig tree.
Photograph by Lynn Greyling via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.