p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Resurrection/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"The stale air around me grew cold,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"colder, until it reached approximately/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"fifty-two degrees, give or take./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I have been laying still,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"for what seems an eternity./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I can't move./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Couldn't if I wanted to./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Silence and pitch darkness,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"my only companions, save…/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"What is this?span style="mso-spacerun: yes;" /spanThe walls, floor, ceiling –/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"all tremble as if it were/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"in the hands of a great giant./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I froze, though my natural state, now in terror!/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"The shaking and scraping interminable/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Silence! my compatriot where have you gone?/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Why have you fled before this scraping monstrosity?/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"My cranial nerves burned, but the rest froze/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"as my panic grew./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Presently the scraping ceased,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"but it was a temporary relief for/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"it was replaced by a dull thud upon my abode,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"like an iron knocker crashing into the/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"thick wooden doors of a voluminous stone castle./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"The thuds were steady and seemed a waltz,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"had I space and partner I may have been inclined/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"to dance./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"From waltz my mind transformed it to time,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"specifically the ticking of an ancient clock, its/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"pendulum swinging back and forth,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"beheading the air with each pass –/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"moonlight cascaded into my home, outlining a/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"figure/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"pitch against a sweltering sky./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"There were others behind him,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"for I could distinctly hear them speak,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"though the hushed tones and accents made it/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"impossible for me to understand./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"A rope was passed amongst them,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"one end fashioned like a noose,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"which that looming figure before me/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"dropped/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"down/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"upon my/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"throat./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Once placed, he secured the noose with one quick tug,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"nearly crushing my windpipe,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"then with his compatriots,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"slowly/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"drug me out/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"through the hole they had made/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"in my coffin, my home, and drew me/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"up through the hole they had dug./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I could not help but wonder how many/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"of those listed upon the stones were still/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"here, interred, not yet a gleaming coin/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"in the Ressurectionists' eyes. /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Corpses beware! lest you resurrect before/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"the style="mso-spacerun: yes;" /spanStuffed into crates and barrels,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"shipped in shadow to the backdoor/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"of some surgical theatre, so that some youth/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"might know you as intimately as your Creator,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"then discard you into the clay you once were./span /p