Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Poem for the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter

Triduum—But Who Can Believe in Resurrection?

Yes, Holy Thursday we understand;
Have shared communion, broken bread,
Sipped wine in sacred union with lovers, friends, and family.

And yes, Good Friday, we understand too well.
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
We have uttered that ourselves,
Have known too much of sorrow, suffering, and death.

But Easter? Resurrection?

We know it every March when the crocus spring miraculously
From the frozen earth; when our frozen souls
Recover after heartbreak; when our bodies
Heal after illness. We know resurrection well,

It is deep in the marrow,
Will be a wonderful surprise—

Not totally unexpected.

[Bob Coughlin / Holy Thursday 2014]


Unknown said...

Beautiful thoughts Bob. Happy Easter!

View from the North Coast said...

Thank you, whoever you are! This poem came to me in the middle of the night. Luckily it was still there when I woke up.