poetry post: for the Easter season

This was the poem of the day on the Poetry Foundation’s website the other day; I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here:

Descending Theology: The Resurrection
          by Mary Karr

From the far points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In the corpse’s core, the stone fist
of his heart began to bang
on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled
back into that battered shape. Now

it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water
shatters at birth, rivering every way.

Source: Poetry (Jan. 2006).

 

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