So, here I am, stuck on the cross
Paying the ultimate price for my wrong
Feeling my life seep slowly out of me
Looking down at my accusers, scorning me and my colleagues.
Colleague and one other man
Of whom I know so little about
Of all the things I’ve heard,
It’s that he doesn’t deserve to be up here
Well, my colleague thinks otherwise
Since he’s been taunting and mocking him,
“If you really are the Christ, then save us!” he says
“how can you say such, seeing we deserve to be here?” I answered.
However when I look at him
I felt an indescribable thing
So different from what I’ve felt since I made my first kill
I knew, I just knew he was going somewhere
So maybe, just maybe, I could go with him
So, I throw in me last bargaining chip
“Lord, remember me when you come into your paradise”
Then he turned his eyes to me.
And I wondered, “how could someone in such amount of pain,
Much greater than the one I’m feeling, have such compassion?”
He says, ” I assure you, today, you well be with me in paradise”
Then peace flooded my heart
I knew that for once in my wretched life
I’d finally done the right thing.
- Emenike Chinwendu (2017)