POETRY

Naked

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They fucked up your tattoo!
That man on the crucifix is supposed to be completely nude
Balls hanging
Where did that loincloth come from?
Your tattoo artist could sketch fabric on to your skin but not a cock?
Obviously he or she was not a Roman
because they offered no such kind gestures to criminals
Didn't they read that sacred book?
It doesn't mention anything about covering his private parts
How could they modify your Savior?
At least he's got those true-to-life details-
long blonde hair, blue eyes and ivory white skin

Emanuel Xavier is author of the poetry collections Pier Queen, Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the USA, If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, the novel Christ Like and editor of Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry and Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. His essays also appear in For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough and Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay. His new poetry collection, Nefarious, will be published Fall 2013 by Rebel Satori Press.

They fucked up your tattoo!
That man on the crucifix is supposed to be completely nude