Jesus with No Hands – a poem by Christine Penney

Jesus with No Hands
In front of Ascension Church 
in New York City 
is a statue of Jesus.
White folds are carved down 
in a curve to naked feet. 
His hands are missing. 
Did someone chop off his hands?
Could the plaster no longer bear 
the weight of his open arms?
An old woman stands before Jesus.
A bandage of rosary beads 
are wrapped around her hand.  
Maybe she’s praying 
for the hands to be returned 
so all will be whole 
on 107th Street.

Christine Penney lives in New York City.   She co-wrote and performed a one- woman show on the life of German activist/artist Kaethe Kollvitz.  She acted in theater productions in the Bay Area and NYC.  Recently she had several poems published with Hole in the Head Review and in Porter Gulch Journal. Readings include the Poets and Writers intergenerational Program and Goddard Riverside for Women’s Month.

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