Return The Cross To Golgotha

"Exodus" by Marc Chagall

From what I’ve read, there is no consensus over who the author of this poem truly is. George McLeod is sometimes labeled as the writer, but most of the time it’s considered anonymous. Regardless, it’s a winner.

I simply argue that the cross be raised again
at the center of the marketplace
as well as on the steeple of the church.

I am recovering the claim that
Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral
between two candles;
But on a cross between two thieves:
on a town garbage heap;

At a crossroad of politics so cosmopolitan
that they had to write His title
in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek.

And at the kind of place where cynics talk smut,
and thieves curse and soldiers gamble.

Because that is where He died,
and that is what He died about.
And that is where Christ’s men ought to be,
and what church people about to be about.


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