Martin Robertson

Now and Then

The Two Ways

Jesus, digesting the meal Martha served,

pronounced that Mary’s was the better part.

How like a man.  Martha of course deserved

better than such a knife-twist in the heart.

Rapt Mary sat and drank all he could give.

Martha was tired and cross and so to blame.

(I speak as a fast-dyed contemplative,

but one not quite without a sense of shame.)