Easter 1986

Courtesy LDS Media LibrarySmoke rose impatiently
through pearly Spring blossoms,
as the prayers of the saints,

a tonic of flowers
begging to overthrow
darker persuasions.

From a faded tulip chair,
he looked at me and said,
“Why seek ye the living
among the dead?”

He inhaled the light and fragrant day,
and, sitting back, rested mute bones
against impossibility.

Michael James Fitzgerald

2 thoughts on “Easter 1986

  1. Michael James Fitzgerald April 5, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Though I usually don't, I'd like to offer a little background on this poem.

    On Easter morning, March 30, 1986, while driving north on Main Street in Orem, Utah, I saw an old man sitting alone under a blossoming apple tree, smoking a cigarette. He was sitting in a oxidized shellback or tulip chair, those metal lawn chairs common in the 1950s.

    A few lines of a poem came to me shortly after that. I've thought about this unfinished poem many times since and felt inspired this year to finish what I started nearly three decades ago.

    The allusions are to Revelation 8:3–4 and Luke 24:5.


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