Wise Doctor Calvin
WISE DOCTOR CALVIN
Wise Doctor Calvin thought decapitation
adequate, but the hotter heads prevailed.
Servetus had denied the Trinity:
the flames would have this tasteless heretic.
It was an unexpected mercy: he
would feel no flames; before the red points nailed
his nerves, he would enjoy asphyxiation–
and, afterward, whatever he was due.
Now history declares all burnings sick
except in utero: though understated,
history, there for everyone to read,
is something we must pay attention to,
even accept. So now we’re all agreed:
Servetus should have been decapitated.
(First appeared in Art:Mag, November 1988.)