Jesus, Thief (Craigie Aitchison’s Crucifixion IV, 1988)
The whole of it could be the cross
And yellow again.
Pilate’s INRI held behind his back
In the last Messanic secret, now
An eight twinkle star, etched in snow.
It draws the one lamb left that will ask,
“Lord, what star marks your cross?
Who do you say that You are?”
The Lord, speaking to the burnt orange ground, says,
“I am He who stands on this pillar of wood, hiding
my name, and choosing my last seven words.”
“I am meant to be upset, Lord,” says the Lamb,
“but I am not. You will die like a thief.”1
Now, his mouth gone, the Lord says to the Lamb
with his eyes:
“Yes, I will steal death for you.”
Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP
Douai Abbey, Feast SS. Peter and Paul, 2004