And Mark, who was first to write,
says — Jesus was tempted,
not listing any particular temptations,
and so, later, Matthew and Luke
power over food, glory,
and personal safety as good examples.
As a woman, I am more often
tempted by my need to be loved,
and protecting someone dear.
All six would have damaged the ministry.
I applaud Mark’s resisting the … temptation
to fill in the blanks,
because what I need for living
is that Jesus was tempted
and made it,
the diva in the mind or
or the hound in the heart
sets as a trap,
I can make it, too,
and I will have as my companions,
animals and angels.