like a cat kneading the lap where it wants to settle. Jesus
who circles around and around, pawing,
suggesting forgiveness to the three grunting white thugs,
then curls up and closes His eyes, purring
while the pigs roam frantic and wild
and the night skins the moon alive.
Come Jesus, wake up,
put your Bed, Bath and Beyondself to rest,
give her something more than the Prodigal Son,
or the social worker draped in polar fleece
huddled like a wolf outside her door.
Enough already, please, Jesus
rise up from your beige Lazy Boy,
put your mangy Old Testament fur on,
summon the ragged dark clouds
and your fake Game of Thrones sword,
help her pin the squirming pig down,
help her finally slit the motherfucker’s throat
til the blood blooms relentless and warm
across the carpet floor.
Adrie Kusserow is a cultural anthropologist who works with Sudanese refugees in trying to build schools in war-worn South Sudan. Currently an associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Kusserow earned her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of two collections of poetry, both published by BOA Editions, Hunting Down the Monk (2002), and Refuge (2013).