Turn Aside and Look: April Corpse Light

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Lined with light
the twigs are stubby arrows.
A gilded trunk writhes
Upward from the roots,
from the pit of the black tentacles.

In the book of spring
a bare-limbed torso
is the first illustration.

Light teaches the tree
to beget leaves,
to embroider itself all over
with green reality,
until summer becomes
its steady portrait
and birds bring their lifetime
to the boughs.

Then even the corpse
light copies from below
may shimmer, dreaming it feels
the cheeks of blossom.
~May Swenson “April Light”

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In April we wait for the corpse light~
a mysterious illumination which comes alive
on a bright Sabbath Easter morning,
taking bare stubs of people,
begetting them green,
bursting them into blossom,
their cheeks pink with life,
in promise of faithful fruitfulness.

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3 thoughts on “Turn Aside and Look: April Corpse Light

  1. Would love to share that memorable experience with your family and community sometime.
    Just a dream right now. My spirit is willing; the body is not able.
    Peace with you all….

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  2. This will be my first Easter Sunday without dear Eli at my side. I hold it close to my heart that Eli stands in the light of our Lord God…that I’m grateful to feel so loved.

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