Kevin Arriola
Art Project
Brandon L. Brown

If I could die like Jesus
hamming it up at center stage
my impact could be tremendous.
I would change
the world with a sigh
if only I could die

like that,
red spackled and battered blue,
egg tempera on a canvas mat,
drooping cracked on my easel for you
re-mixing the palette of the pagan sun
making all of the other colors run

bleeding from confining lines.
I will transcend the I and Thou
by pulling in my pinned
down edges, come down
from this salty old cross,
blend with your triumph and loss.