The island of Patmos wasn’t so bad this time of year
John in his exile set up a little hermitage
Took a walk down to the beach in the afternoons
Spoke to the other exiles
Shared his food and his stories.
“I knew Christ, he loved me as a brother.
He told me that I was to take care of his mother, as though I were.
You know, I have outlived them all – all of the disciples.
Simon Peter was crucified in Rome not too long ago
Thomas has disappeared to India
Trying to convert the Buddhists and the non-pedophile Greeks.
Judas, well, best not to speak of him.
Domitian has sent me here, as you know what I preach is
A constant source of consternation with these Romans.
They tried to boil me alive in oil! Can you imagine?!
I think it cost them more for all that oil, then seeing me live.
Yes, I have been writing. I have had some wonderful discussions
With Jesus. We’ve been working on this apokalypsis, er,
Revelation regarding the future of the church and all the souls
Of this world.
I hope once its finished, it will get some wide-spread publication.
I know copyists are pricy, but I think it’ll really fly off the shelves.”