Two Days After
Beside a boulder, Mary Magdalene
stands looking through the tomb’s door and dark space
at empty grave cloths lying in the place
where Jesus’ lifeless body last was seen.
And Crucifixion I see all the time
as Christ-within-all suffers at the hand
of scared folks like me who don’t understand
that they themselves are victims of their crime.
An empty tomb! So rare, bewildering.
Her hopes and dreams are shattered; with her there
comes grief and will to show the corpse the care
that, to the living, people would not bring.
So, blind with grief, by Mary now I stand,
Not recognizing Jesus-now-at-hand!
“… she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,
but she did not know that it was Jesus.”
– John 20:14 NRSV
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