How Not to Need Resurrection

They alone understand the trick is not to try...

How Not to Need Resurrection

Children like to play at death –
they hold their breath,
and cross their arms and shut their eyes
until they forget to be dead; then rise
from their nest of pillows and play instead
at being lost or married,
as if their state was mutable, as if, like water
they could flow or freeze or climb without a ladder
into the heavens then drop back down –
they are the first resurrectionists, they alone
understand the trick is not to try,
that once you believe in death, you must surely die.
Michalle Gould 


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Poem ©2003 Michalle Gould, all rights reserved. Used by permission of the author and publisher Poetry. Film ©2015 Motionpoems, Inc., all rights reserved.