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Seven Stanzas at Easter
John Updike

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells' dissoultion did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the
amino acids rekindle, the Church wil fall.

It was not as flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that--pierced--died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
makeing of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages;
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck's quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen,
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.

Date: 2004-04-12 07:40 am (UTC)

Date: 2004-08-31 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amanda-ashley.livejournal.com
http://www.livejournal.com/community/____upc/ --join it :)
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Date: 2004-11-22 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
Of course, but as you see I am but an indifferent journalist.

Sidebar

Date: 2004-11-21 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hfx-ben.livejournal.com
Mmmm ... had expected more up to date posts.
HeyHo

I don't haunt other discussions that much; hope our paths cross again.

Re: Sidebar

Date: 2004-11-22 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
I enjoy discussion or debate much more than journaling and, despite my best intentions, the old home journal grows dusty.

Our paths will certianly cross again. Till then...

Re: Sidebar

Date: 2004-11-22 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hfx-ben.livejournal.com
"I enjoy discussion or debate much more than journaling ..."
Hear hear.
See, if you would, my major project: "Participatory Deliberation (http://is.dal.ca/~canid/gnodal/)"

A la prochaine.

Non Sequitur Query

Date: 2008-04-04 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosetta--stone.livejournal.com
But I am a well known TROLL tracker

Whats your take on our subject, hEAR?

Date: 2004-12-15 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarajw.livejournal.com
Hey, I'd like to add you. Hope you don't mind.

Date: 2004-12-15 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] policraticus.livejournal.com
No problem on my end, but as you see, I am but an indifferent journalist.

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