My brother was a carpenter,
long-haired and unemployed
like a Christ-figure
who made me think
maybe the church had Him killed
at 32 so we wouldn’t see Jesus go bald,
looking like a graying hippie,
prattling on about the revolution within.
Andrew Rihn is the author of several slim volumes of poetry, including Outside the Clinic (Unlikely Stories) and The Rust Belt MRI (Pudding House, forthcoming). He lives in Canton, OH - which Forbes Magazine has called the 9th most miserable city in the US. Fuck Forbes Magazine.