(Quickly jot down four verbs, four adjectives, and four nouns. Write a poem utilizing all 12 words. My words: Stifle, remove, find, seek; open, sticky, vacant, surprising; bun, oddity, tomb, place.)
The “resurrection” bun –
An oddity, a sacred theme
portrayed in cinnamon-sticky dough
(store bought, of course)
a sweet and vacant tomb.
I stifle cynicism, but
children will swallow this.
Was it thus for the women?
To seek flesh
and to find it melted away
in a divine burial oven, removed.
The place quivers with divine being,
yet is open.
The child and I both bite, expecting
the usual marshmallow-matter of earthly life.
This bun, this resurrection: they are surprising.