Day One (Resurrection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“day one”

wondering what next after this,
he woke to cave’s pierced-darkness,
edged by light stone sought to block,
but could not this bright morning

 

loosing the wrappings death held close,
falling to floor he reaches his hand
un-bent, un-bleeding into cool air
and, risking life, takes up breathing

 

slowly it dawns it has been undone,
bruised yet healing from the wounding;
wondering what next after this,
he rises and eases through walls

 

clinging close the still-moist earth,
upending the plot tended by mourners
stumbling, tripping what they hadn’t sought;
newly un-dead, rooting deep seed

 

pulling himself up into living,
harder than dying his hand gripping mine
dried blood and cooling the fever his brow,
he rises and eases through walls

 

–by William B. Jones,
from Before the Amen: Creative Resources for Worship,

edited by Maren and Maria Tirabassi, Pilgrim Press.

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Day One (Resurrection)

  1. Your poetry is so beautiful Bill! Thx for sending it to us. I especially loved the Falcon poem. I can’t find your own email. FYI Wendell Berry will speak at Washington natl cathedral April 22 10:10 am and it will be broadcast live from the cathedral website. Warm blessings to you!

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