Sunday, February 25, 2007


The Second Fall
Clive Hicks-Jenkins
2001, conté on arches, 56x76cm



VII. Jesus falls for the second time

Is it the world tips
or the pitch of liquid
in a dizzied ear?


The sickening spin
and the sudden
unavailability
of grip
conspire.

There must be tears
down here where the view
is sandal-straps
and calloused toes
and dog's paws and
tall, tall people
who rise above and seem complete.

God has crumpled
to a bag of stick limbs
and is empty as dust.

There must be tears down here.

This is a fall
that will shake the world.


From Stations of the Cross
By Callum James

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