What Do You Make of Lazarus

what do you make of Lazarus?

what about Lazarus?

now there’s an odd story:
he’d been dead a while
but walked out of his tomb
dragging winding cloth through dust
as if he’d never left
—came back from death
for Christ’s sake!

but didn’t he stink?

yeah, but he’d been resurrected!

but stunk.

well yeah, but—

I’d rather take my slice of eternity,
do the best I can with it,
use it well, push some envelopes,
atone for screw-ups if possible

then do the natural thing
when the time’s right and
return to dust
…….. I would not want to walk around
miraculously ambulatory,
talk of the town, but olfactorily