HIS CLOTHES WERE WEIRD.
HIS DIET WAS SPARTAN. You could tell
he'd spent years in isolation,
breaking loose from social conventions
to which the rest of us cheerfully adhere.
He was, in other words, a strangely free individual.
Fear had no claims on him,
so he could speak the truth as he understood it.
When he talked, he yelled,
and the topic of his rants was always religion.
If you saw this man on the street today,
you'd cross to the other side for sure.
Who would want to be a friend of John the Baptist?
Alice Camille, U.S. Catholic, Dec., '07