Quatern (We are all of us Christ on the cross)

We are all of us Christ on the cross,

Tiny messiahs shouldering burdens,

Dragging our feet down a dusty path.

Spit and curses fall on us like rain.

 

Turn to your neighbor and whisper,

“We are all of us Christ on the cross,”

Proclaim to whoever will listen.

Watch their heads nod mechanically.

 

Hear their responses without hearing.

Feel your burden anew and proclaim,

We are all of us Christ on the cross.

I am Sisypuhus pushing the boulder.”

 

Preach it like divine revelation,

Like we are not each of us Atlas

Crushed beneath the weight of our own worlds.

We are all of us Christ on the cross.

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