Tuesday, the Second Week of Lent
From the dizzying height
of our power and arrogance
our cynicism and sophistication
on the cross Jesus reigns
over a people
who does not want a king
yet plants the tree
and tastes the fruit.
The cross sticks in our throats
it is shoved
down the gullet of our greed
to satisfy our ambivalence.
Its fruit is bitter to the tongue
it tastes of history’s triumph in its repetition.
Somewhere in the crowd
that gathers at the cross’s clay feet
Ezra reads again the word of God.
says the honor of thieves
God is under the same sentence as humankind.