To Christians Who Support Torture

So you think
it’s naïve

to protect the bodies
of those

who threaten
to upend

this comfortable
way of life?

So you think
they deserve

to suffer,
their transgressions

unforgivable?
I wish

you were with me
in the Prado,

standing before Velázquez’
Cristo Crucificado.

The buckled body
hangs

on the Cross
against

a black background,
bruised,

bloody,
but glowing.

It is impossible
to be distracted.

No clouds, no sky.
No criminals

on the right or left.
No disciples.

Just the body,
the wood,

and the knots
in the wood.


Diego Velázquez / Public domain