For Max Jacob Who Saw Christ in Watercolors

and christ is red rover
he blazes on the wall in watercolors
rachel dances in his brain
and her children trail her heels
in flickering pinks and blues

and the armies of the reich
shake loose from their graves
and they hide and seek
and search and destroy
and the wall is blown down

and christ is reeling in the streets
staining the gutters
with the colors of his blood
and the children are calling
come over come over

–John Knoepfle
Cited in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard, pg 205

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