RESURECTION

(To be read aloud)

 

The roots

The roots that pull me down

Pull me down

Down, down, down

Pulling me down

 

I reach

I reach up

I reach up to the expanse

The expanse that pulls away

I reach up to the expanse that pulls away

 

I cannot

I cannot grip

I cannot grip the earth

The earth envelopes me

I cannot grip the earth that envelopes me

 

Wet earth

Wet and slick

Slimy wet, wet that slips

Wet earth that slips between my fingers

 

Fingers that tremble

Trembling fingers

Trembling fingers that shake

Trembling fingers that shake with fear

 

I howl

Like a captured beast
like a captured beast I howl

 

My heart is hollow

A hollow heart

A tormented heart

 A tormented heart

Hollowed out

 

A red heart

A once red heart,

Now black

A black heart, a heart that steals

A stealing heart

 

And a rage plunges

A rage plunges upward

Upward plunges the rage

Up and out

Molten rage

 

My voice rattles

A rattling voice

Not heard

A rattling voice not heard

 

Slam!

 

Slam! Goes the rage

Out

Out through a gaping wound

Slam goes the rage out through a gaping wound

 

And the ooze melts out

Ooze melting out

The ooze melts out the gaping wound

 

 

S I L E N C E

 

All is silent

Silent and still

All is silent and still

 

Still is the silence

Silent is the still

 

And the ooze swallows

Swallows the body

The ooze swallows the body

 

It eats upon the flesh

It eats upon the flesh

And the downward pull quickens

A force, an awesome force

An awesome force that sucks

A sucking force

 

Hands

Hands now bones

No longer reach

Upward

Hands that no longer reach upward

But dangle

Dangling hands

Hands that dangle

 

Bones

Split bones

Bones that are split

Rattling bones

Rattling bones that are split

 

A tear

A tear escapes

A tear escapes the hollow skull

A tear drips down

Down drips a tear

Down

Down drips a tear

 

All is still

All

Is

Still

 

Hands still

Eyes still

Bones still

Skull still

 

The black heart

Red

The once black heart

Now red

 

The body floats

Suspended

The suspended body floats

Upward

 The suspended body floats upward

A JOLT!

 

The body jolts

Upward

Upward jolts the body

Toward the expanse

 

The hands reach out

Out reach the hands

Reaching hands

Hands with flesh

New hands

New hands with flesh

 

Earth

Dry earth

Earth that is dry

Crumbling earth

Dry crumbling earth

 

Soul

The soul

My soul

The soul is my soul

 

Spirit

A spirit that quickens

A quickening spirit

My spirit

My spirit quickening

 

And the body is pulled

The body is pulled up

Pulled up

The body pulled up

 

Out of the wound

The gaping wound

The body is pulled up

From the gaping wound

A wound in the earth

An earthly wound

 

Pulse

A pulse

My pulse

The pulse resumes

My pulse resumes

A resuming pulse

 

A pulse to rhythm

A rhythmic pulse

Resumes to the rhythm

To the rhythm

 

To the rhythm of life

To the rhythm

To the rhythm of life

To the rhythm

The rhythm

The rhythm of life

To the rhythm

The rhythm

The rhythm

The rhythm

The rhythm…