In churches across the country and the world
believers are mourning the torture and death
of a man whose divinity they celebrate—
who they believe suffered and died centuries ago,
then rose undecayed from the grave, proclaiming
that those who believed in him could do likewise.

If in our time we could defy the laws of nature
we might believe that those who have suffered or died
at the hands of our country’s wars or its agents,
whether in our own land or hidden elsewhere,
could rise from their secret graves of mind or body
to proclaim that after all these centuries, we can do better.

©2008 Dorothy Miller Gutenkauf