Heart of Gold – Volker Schunck

White Crucifixion, 1938, © Marc Chagall – © artic.edu

against the current
heart of gold
stony road
empty hands
tender love
bloody feet
broken like bread
spilled like wine
drunken dumped
in the neverland of history
let’s forget him
as accident of mankind
as embarrassing exception
of the rule
our hands are clean like
our records of routine
but tears wear away the stone
love is stronger than death
the thorn crown becomes
a sign of victory


I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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