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( after Stevie Smith )

When I was young, I wondered
why the crucifixion was depicted
behind the altar of a church;
or, worn around the neck—
Jesus agonizingly wrenched, looking up
or down as if in eternal rest
I thought to myself, what is my purpose;
how would I want to be remembered
should I meet a violent end

not in the agony of the moment:
even in youth, I knew that much—
but, sharing life and love instead
I imagined an energy shift
from a guilt-ridden reminder
of suffering death for our mistakes. . .
to acceptance as we were instead—
an image of Jesus, laughing
with tax collectors and sinners;
thus, absolving any and all debt
one might feel obligated to remit;
afterall, wasn't that His true intent
It's more profitable, I 'spose—
keeping Christ nailed to the cross
until you ask, for whom. . .that is  
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 12th Mar 2020
Author's Note
Inspired by Stevie Smith's 'The Airy Christ' and Lent.
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