Peter Clarke (1929 - )
Lazarus


mixed media
50 x 35cm

Having reached that stage
when completely possessed,
defeated by sickness, pain, distress
& helplessness,
I did what was obvious
& gave up the ghost.
Into the silent darkness of eternity
I slipped away.

The day,
when finally He came
in answer to my sisters' frantic plea
it should have been too late.
They'd had to wait so long.
But faith was strong.

Anxious,
curious spectators surround me
where I lie.
Responding to this call,
death-bandaged odours,
I awake, reply,
arise
before astonished eyes.


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