"... he was troubled in spirit, and testified,
and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked
one on another, doubting of whom he spake. He then lying
on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus
answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have
dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to
Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan
entered into him.... He then having received the sop went out
immediately out: and it was night."
John 13:26-27 (King James Version)
Handing me the bread
dipped in the dish--
It was your look.
In your hand:
Judas the faithless,
Judas the weak,
Forever to regret
"I will not touch this sop."
(originally published in GOSPELS IN OUR IMAGE, a Harcourt Brace anthology edited by David Curzon)