Monday, 8 September 2008

reality tv



on tv tonight
they showed twelve prisoners
and the viewers had to vote
for their favourite

eleven would be freed; one excuted

the votes were as follows, most popular
to the least, in this order:

Hitler
Stalin
Mao
Pol Pot
Genghis Khan
Caligula
then four others whose names I didn't catch
leaving only two.

"the last prisoner to be freed"
said the voice
hesitating to give the name
to build up the crowd's excitement
"is...

as the crowd chanted his name...

BARABAS!"

"And what shall we do with Jesus?"
said the compere to the crowd.

"Crucify him!"
they shouted
"Crucify him"

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