Tuesday poem: My selfie on Calvary

November 3, 2014

My selfie on Calvary

I had to squat,
haul up his head
but I like the way
the thorns look like an effect —
‘trembling halo’ —
and the crimson
just nailed it lol

P.S. Cottier


I was shocked, the other day, to hear of people taking selfies in front of car accidents, and the idea that people would take a selfie as Jesus carried the cross came to me. The poem attempts to capture this spirit, in appropriate flat-pack language.

Let’s face it, some people would climb up over someone on the cross to get the right photo. Not that that ability to ignore suffering is new; remember the soldiers gambling under the cross as Christ died. But the need to capture our images all the time, and the idea that sensation of viewing the images overcomes compunction is a new manifestation of this way of thinking, it seems to me. An unlovely mix of vanity and cruelty, which is to art (see Raphael above) what Twitter is to literature.

Pornography and self perception are becoming more and more linked, and the production of images through any means is approved.

Now I promise to be new light hearted next time.

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3 Responses to “Tuesday poem: My selfie on Calvary”

  1. It’s very clever Penelope and somehow full of pathos, After all the behaviour of most of the people involved was no better. Yours is a modern version.

    • pscottier said

      Thank you Helen. I sometimes think that my poems are too clever, if that makes sense, and doesn’t sound arrogant!

      But clever with pathos is better.

      • Yes I get what you are saying. The pathos lies in the connection between the behaviours of some onlookers then and what one can imagine happening now! Sadly.Quite brave of you to write it .

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