How Outrageous
(For Gary K.)

My friend studies
at a seminary library

Christ appears here in sculpture
with arms veed in victory
aimed toward heaven
body still hanging
on that wooden death beam

A sign like a small tent
stands on the sculpture’s base

Please touch

My friend
reads it twice

How outrageous
How transforming

©Janet O. Hagberg, 2006

Reflections on this poem:

What feelings emerge for you when reading this victory poem about the cross?

Usually we are asked not to touch sculpture. What does it mean to you to see the sign Please Touch next to Jesus on the cross?

What is outrageous or transforming about this invitation?

What is dying in you this Lent and what is seeking to be resurrected?