Friday, April 06, 2007

if he had spoken

no one asked him . . .

not the chief priest
or his bought judges,
fear would
have deafened them;

not the governor,
political options
his decision;

not the mob:
pockets full of nightmares,
stomachs full of poverty,
voices brimming with bile
no goodness or mercy
flowing over
in their cupped hands;

no one asked him
(but don't you think)

Jesus himself
would have said
(maybe he whispered it
to himself):

give them Barabbas!

(c) 2001 Thom M. Shuman

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