WHY? (Good Friday Poem)

A Good Friday Poem
by Fred Varden

Why did Jesus have to die?
Why do we feel like we have to cry
and wipe a tear from a guilty eye?

What did Jesus ever do
to deserve the punishment
that He only knew
would come His way
on a specific day

Why do we think we’re the wounded one
when all is said and all is done
How can our problems
ever compare
with those of He who our sins did bear
upon a cross so crude and unfair

So Why?
Would Jesus meekly go
With cross on back and take the blows
Of punch and kick and spear in hate
To hang in agony until so late

But not too late for me and you
To feel His love and peace come through
At Easter time when Angels sing
Of death no longer with its sting

For Jesus did not die in vain
As certain as sunshine follows rain 
The Lord will come back to us again
To love and save us from the grave



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Fred Varden

Sun 1st Apr 2018 15:08


Let us all celebrate the beauty of poetry, which I’m very new too. I love WoL, I love all the poetry on here, the poets, and most of all the VOLUNTEERS who run the site and facilitate the space for us to express our gifts, talents and opinions on each other’s work. Kind regards

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 1st Apr 2018 11:35


Thank you for your welcome levity.

Certainly on the strength of the apparently irrebuttable evidence presented here it would appear that I am the inferior specimen.

In very good humour,


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Hazel ettridge

Sun 1st Apr 2018 08:44

Cynthia, as a child in Sunday school, I realised that Christianity would probably never have come into being if it wasn't for Judas.

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Brian Maryon

Sun 1st Apr 2018 08:36

It's official then...Fred's better than David! (Lol)

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 1st Apr 2018 06:33

Good morning Fred,

To answer your specific questions specifically, the response is a resounding no.

I commend all charitable endeavour as should we all, so well done and thank you.

For me part of the beauty of charity and its humanitarian nature, is that it is quite often conducted with some level of anonymity with no alternate agenda, certainly no bragging rights. That said there are no rules in this regard and people conduct themselves as they wish.

It seems glaringly evident to me that despite my prior lengthy communication and questions therein, you have chosen not to address any of them, rather to speak of your own achievements and questioned mine.

I had hoped we could conduct converse based on the contents of your poem and expressed belief.

Sincerely, I hope you enjoy the remainder of Easter,


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Fred Varden

Sat 31st Mar 2018 20:28

Many thanks once again for all your comments and feedback, good and otherwise. Brace yourselves for the next instalment tomorrow for Easter Day. This was written the night after Why?. Both of the poems were written for and immediately snapped up by, a popular none christian radio station in Manchester, who were looking for material for Easter. Wolfgar I realise that my writing style is not to your taste and thats fine but: (a) Have you ever been commissioned to write poetry for Royalty? (b) Do you have a book of poems that raised over $1000 Pounds for charity in its first two weeks of release? (c) Have you ever been asked by a local radio station to write poetry, despite its content, which has then been played on air two days later?. Kind regards. Fred

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 31st Mar 2018 13:02


I think the answer to your question is that any response is an indication that a mind has been stirred. In this regard it matters not whether the response is positive or negative.

I would think that most artists would prefer a positive response, but it should be considered that one of the purposes of art and expression is to provoke (either positively or negatively) and with that in mind some artists purposely wish to provoke negative responses in order to promote consequent discussion and wider exposure.

With respect to Fred, this piece probably would not have garnered as many responses had it not been for the comments posted that could be considered as challenging the author.

I suppose it depends upon how open the artist is to being challenged, and how prepared they are to engage in debate or discussion.

I think so long as we remain relatively robust it is beneficial that on occasion our works are challenged. Additionally the opportunity to defend our art/opinions opens up a forum for further discussion and dare I say the opportunity to learn, as we all must do.

All the best,


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 31st Mar 2018 11:36

Considering our culture of 'pop idolization', I'm not so sure that a Messiah 'figure' would find it so hard to gain followers.

Isn't it weird how 'cult' and 'culture' are so similar? No surprise, of course, except for perception and usage. Clarity of language would be such a benefit to clear thinking. But 'usage' contorts and dominates all 'tongues': The PEOPLE RULE!

The 'Good Friday' story is a very emotional one, period. I do recall clearly, at 20 years old, that one vibrant clergyman made a strong case for a rethink about Judas. He put forth the premise that, far from being a traitor, Judas may have been the most staunch believer in Jesus' message, thinking only that Jesus needed a little 'extra help' to fulfil his destiny. Perhaps because Jesus was a bit scared after all, maybe even doubting his 'role' to its fearful conclusion. Not a betrayal, just a 'push.'

I found that idea so intriguing, and so plausible, that it started for me a whole rethink of many conceptions just 'poured into me' without debate, for so many years. I decided that I could never be a 'minister' and set any such notion completely aside. The best spiritual leaders I ever had were also highly educated men in History and Philosophy, both of them Scots! (I have a huge respect for Scottish philosophers.) The worst were 'congregational' puppets who had given up on all innovative thought, just 'given up'. The 'wall of preconceived ideas' was just too hard to penetrate. I felt so sorry for them.

'Good Friday' treatise finished. Aren't you GLAD!

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Graham Sherwood

Sat 31st Mar 2018 08:14

Sorry Fred,
Perhaps this weekend isn’t the right time but my questions were posed in an honest manner. Given the conditions we live in today, I think a new Messiah would find it really difficult to gain traction in the public’s psyche.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 31st Mar 2018 06:20

"My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"

The words of a tortured son in his dying moments, to his murderous imaginary father.

Yes, he surely will be back.

Enjoy Easter, the majority of the worlds population have no idea what Easter is.

If god is coming back you need to get out of Manchester and spread his word a little further, save some souls before its too late.

Hardly seems fair really to be condemned to the fires of hell simply because you live deep in a place where no-one ever told you how to get into heaven. I guess you're one of the lucky ones, or maybe you prefer the word chosen, feels somehow special doesn't it.

I thought this portrayed a very christian attitude Fred

"I’ve no need to consider anyone’s thoughts and opinions over this special weekend."

I would have thought the opposite to be true, but it only go's to show you, what would I know?

Your comment about the poem stirring up fear and doubt was very amusing to me, it is religion which imposes fear and doubt and guilt as leverage to persuade the lambs to slaughter, I do not fear death or life or hell or super beings. I leave that for the saintly.

Your bread and butter poems rarely interest me, this did, not because of any poetic quality but for the subject matter alone.

I would have thought that creating a reaction in any reader is the purpose and desire of the writer, and that to do so would be pleasing.

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Fred Varden

Sat 31st Mar 2018 00:36

Thanks Graham, I’ve no need to consider anyone’s thoughts and opinions over this special weekend. I just wish us poets could get the same reaction over our ‘bread and butter poems’. But ah, wait, they don’t stir up doubts, fears or self guilt. Let’s just enjoy each other’s poetry and respect any opinion, standpoint, religion or scientific belief, now THATS poetry. Cheers.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 30th Mar 2018 22:05

It is important that you know I am an atheist to read my comment.

Assume for one minute that the holy story of the passion is true and that Jesus existed as the true son of an all powerful God.

Whom amongst you would believe it if he were to come again?

What proof would you need in this day and age of clever illusions and stunts that he was the real deal?

Imagine the distrust amongst all the recognised religions and Governments to his arrival. How would they view him?

I say this as a non judgemental non-believer. But please consider this over the weekend.

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Fred Varden

Fri 30th Mar 2018 22:02

Thank you all very much for your comments, and I mean all. It’s very strange how some people can react because this is the very first sprititual poem I have posted out of a current collection of 156 in ten months. Yes everyone is entitled to state their views. This poem was written during a very special and emotional experience on Tuesday night this week. Had it’s first radio airing this morning in Manchester. This is Good Friday what else should I write about? Thanks

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racha chafik

Fri 30th Mar 2018 21:47

if talking about god annoys you this much i will dedicate my next series of poems to the lord almighty
with love racha

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Brian Maryon

Fri 30th Mar 2018 20:09

Hi Fred .. I suspect yours is the first of a number of poems in a similar vein which will come out over the next few days, which will bring pleasure to many people.

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 30th Mar 2018 19:46

Come to the Holy land today Fred (this day) one hour from his birth place, go stand on the Gaza skyline and shout at the top of your voice why, see what answer you get. Maybe then you'll get to meet your precious God.

I had lunch at Shepherds Field in Bethlehem yesterday, I saw and heard no angels. There were some Russian Priests flapping around taking tips and shouting at waiters in an extremely un-christian manner, but definitely no Angels.

Aside from that, I'm not at all fond of your poem, though I am sure some who share your belief will forgive its failings simply because of its sentiment, which doesn't cut the mustard really.

Opinion based comment, of course.

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