Jesus hovered above the cross watching white-robed men set fire to the rope-tied boards after placing it in front of a negro’s house before dragging the black man out, rope tight around his neck, for lynching, while the crosses on their robes glowed red in the fire’s reflection What did Jesus know from his perch? What did he think? Did he hear the white-robes claim Christianity for whites? For Men? Was he forsaken? Did he wonder if he died in vain? the hanged man floated a few feet above the ground twisting rhythmically in the wind as the men watched him die cheering grinning smugly When the cross turned to charcoal men took off their robes got in their cars went home for dinner then early to bed so they could go to church in the morning.