THE EARLY POLLS
The early polls rule sacrifice absurd.
What does Christ think he’s doing on the Cross,
hanging between a pair of groaning thieves
whom even fellow thieves regard as fools
for being caught? How this suspension grieves
well-wishers who will always mourn the loss
of one who offered word on golden word,
of one who once seemed absolutely wise!
Philosophers can’t found enduring schools
from such a base. The experts all agree
that Christ has climbed Golgotha to a blunder
from which his once-bright fortunes cannot rise.
How sad to see such promise falling under
a fatal cloud! But then, that’s history.
(First appeared in The Lyric, v. 75, n. 3, Spring 1995.)