When Jesus appears to Mary Magdala in the garden he asks her not to touch him –
I never suspected
to be so painful…
to leave me weeping
to have met you, alive and smiling, outside an empty tomb
not because I’ve lost you
but because I’ve lost you in how I had you —
in understandable, touchable, kissable, clingable
not as fully Lord, but as graspably human.
cling to your body
cling to your, and my, clingable humanity
cling to what we had, our past.
But I know that…if I cling
you cannot ascend and
I will be left clinging to your former self
…unable to receive your present spirit.
Artwork: St John’s Bible