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Susan Plett

About this Christian Poet:
I am a stay-at-home Mom. I have been writing poetry for four or five years. This poem is a result of realizing how much better it is for my father to be in heaven, fully and completely who he was created to be, than down here, toiling on like the rest of us.

Apology to Lazarus
(who Jesus raised from the dead four days after he was buried)

You taste perfection
as I walk through dust and heat
to ease your sisters' hearts
and reclaim you from the grave
your shrouded waking body proof
that I can conquer all
all laws shatter, come together
re-formed in Me

Hannah sacrificed her only son
Job, all that he had on this earth
Zaccheus lost a livelihood
and John the Baptist, his head
offered on silver to a sybarite

But this most bitter sacrifice I ask of you
"Lazarus, come forth."
Leave the exultant completion
the glory that exceeds the promise
of even the briefest glimpse
by human eyes
Confine your spirit, once more
to flesh and blood, bone and sinew
Come out, Lazarus, to this
poor shadow of a resurrection
sacrifice your death
and forgive Me, as I weep.

Copyright©2001 by Susan Plett