The Grand Miracle by Mary Karr

From The Grand Miracle by Mary Karr:

Jesus wound up with his body nailed to a tree—

a torment he practically begged for,

or at least did nothing to stop. Pilate

watched the crowd go thumbs down

and weary, signed the order.

So centurions laid Jesus flat

on a long beam, arms run along the crosspiece.

In each palm a long spike was centered,

a stone chosen to drive it. (Skin

tears; the bones start to split.)

Once the cross got propped up,

the body hung heavy, a carcass—

in carne, the Latin poets say, in meat. …

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