I'm back with the Poetry Bus after a few weeks' idling about. This week's challenge is set by Poetikat. The challenge was to write about the three images below, which show the before, during and after of the recent destruction by lightning of a huge foam statue of Jesus.
I really struggled with this challenge but finally came up with this:
The Light of the World
I joined the murmuring crowds gathered
To gawp at the nakedness of steel
That the lightning and fire had left.
The bare bones of the King of Kings.
The irony of the giant white Jesus,
Supplicant hands lifted to the Father,
Struck and killed by a bolt from heaven
Dripped on our heads like molten metal.
We searched for meaning in the scorched steel,
Tried to riddle the message of mangled armature,
Garlanded the event with significance.
Surely, we said to ourselves, this is a sign.
Meteorology or mystery? No matter.
For a moment, in our minds, plastic and steel
Had been transformed, had become
The Light of the World.