Issue 167, Fall 2003
The Back of Christ
Three men broke into his New York studio while the Spanish
Pavilion displayed the painting [The Back of Christ] at the 1964
World's Fair in New York . . . they crushed his hands. Thomas
Fundora was not able to paint for nine years.
—The Miami Herald, August 20, 1998
So this is why we broke both of his hands:
his Jesus stole from us the face of God.
We saw only the back he had turned to us
as if no love had rolled away the stone.
What dream was his? We could not read God's face.
We bent the slender bones until they broke,
remembering Him who rolls away the stone
laid on our hearts. Our Savior rose again