The Crown of Thorns was saved by timing—moved
before wild flames swallowed the ancient church.
That false relic endures. Accidents prove
nothing. Crowns, thorns, last through time. They get moved
by workers delving into old vaults. Soon,
rumors will spread over the world, soothe hurts.
Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up in southern California. He is very fond of baseball, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster where he makes his meager living pointing out pretty things. He has published 2 novels and three chapbooks so far. Titles on request. A meager online presence can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MarkJMitchellwriter/