Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday Among the Tombs

"Anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse."
-- Deuteronomy 21:23

Through what keyhole did that death lead,
the one on Golgatha
to which Christ took his last heavy steps
carrying his cross
seeping blood
like a fresh slaughtered lamb,
like a woman
in the throes of


We remember the dead
we clean their graves
paint their sepluchres
bring them offerings
fruit, flowers, photos, gifts of paper and stone.

we whisper words of thanksgiving.  memory.  promise.   regret.
almost always regret.
and still the dead stay dead.

Until, with God's own death, the key begins to turn.

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