The National Catholic Review

The culprit’s all but impossible to find
in Breughel’s flesh-packed masterpiece: Christ
on the Way to Calvary
: a cattle skull
gapes on what appears a Flemish holiday
a flood of humanity, confident of life.
Barely discernible against the tide,
a small gray face bent to the heavy earth
beside the crushing weight of a huge cross.
A great day for a hanging, as they say,
all headed for Golgotha in blue haze.


Richard O’Connell, who lives in Hillsboro Beach, Fla., has had collections of his poetry published by the University of Salzburg Press (now Poetry Salzburg).

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