upon viewing salvador Dali's Christ of St. John on the cross

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this poem was written upon seeing this painting currently displayed in the kelvingrove atr gallery in glasgow

Submitted: March 11, 2007

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Light shimmers over

shoulder blades stretched

muscles in mutiny.

glowering black

consumes the background.

head bowed in defeat,

he gazes upon the shore

where fishermen linger

transfixed by the image

unable to comprehend.

fingers splayed wide open in shock

pinned down by pain

shadows crawl across

feet in repose as if relaxed

but in reality

crushed bone and sinew

call out in despair.

golden shafts of light

pierce his body

caught in the deadly spotlight

suffering silently

tortured and tormented

there is no struggle

only divine determination to forgive


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