April 18, 2014

The Goodness in Good Friday

by Mary Harwell Sayler

It was finished.

There was nothing left to do
but take down Jesus' body
and hide it quickly
from mind, from view.

The terror of the tomb
closed the matter,
once for all,
wrapping sin
for its descent
into down-falling darkness
where never light had been.

Even from the Upper Room
no one had known our own
souls would be exhumed.

But Christ arose.

And with Him angels rolled
away the tombstone,
and doubt –
releasing all
who wanted out.

© 1983, 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Originally accepted by The Disciple, “Resurrection” appears in a slightly different form here and in the poetry book, Outside Eden, to be released soon by Kelsay Books.

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