The Vision of Saint-Jean-de-Fos | Jeremy Hunt (en)

This text forms part of the libretto La Passion de Lagamas.

Ce texte fait partie du libretto La Passion de Lagamas.

Church, Saint-Jean-de-Fos
Church, Saint-Jean-de-Fos

The Vision of Saint Jean de Fos

I am in the Garden of Gethsemane of Saint Jean de Fos.
The siren of a camion reversing – It is nearly time for the calvary
The clock has struck three times – startling exactly twelve birds into the air.

God arrives first on a motorcycle – twin headlights full on.
The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse – a revelation of sky-blue lycra – pedal past.
The Apostles sit in the two cafés – relaxed in shorts and sandals – quietly ecstatic.
Peter, Andrew, James the Greater, and James the Lesser, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, Thaddeus, and Simon. All present if not correct.

Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot

Lazarus – pale, bent and black-suited in his fauteuil roulant – not long for this world.
The Holy Ghost hovers with a basket of warm baguettes.
The Angel of Heaven shimmers – hidden in the sunlight in the trees.

Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot

The weeping women arrive
Salome, wife of Zebedee, in purple baseball cap, and symbolic cruciform message – NY NY NY.
Mary Magdalene – with shoulder tattoo and hips provocative in cut-off denim – the little minx.
Mary of Nazareth walks with a stick, slowly and heavily – grieving.

Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot

Herod Antipater, called Papé by the waiter, is beside me at the next table, reading Midi Libre.
Pontius Pilate draws heavily on his fag,  orders the menu du jour – slips away to wash his hands.
A group of centurions in day-glo yellow vests appear – brisk and businesslike.

Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot

Barrabas, Dismas and Gestas, designer sunglasses on the top of their heads, idle the time throwing dice. The odds are not good – about one-in-three

Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot
Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot
Yet, no sign of Judas Iscariot

Yet, he stands before you – witness

Ne Me Touche Pas

Jeremy Hunt
21 August 2013, Lagamas

Update: This poem was first read to a London public in January 2014, and was performed as a poem / libretto The Passion of Lagamas on April 4th 2014 by the Musarc choir.

Place du village, Saint-Jean-de-Fos
Place du village, Saint-Jean-de-Fos