Death Certificate

A statement that the body has been planted in the ground
Like a dead seed awaiting germination
Or a document that returned dust has been severed from a departed soul
And cast to the four winds

Filed proof that the curse still smothers this earth
Squeezing the breath out of life
A certificate of death’s achievement bestowed upon the diminished family
Or abandoned to public record

But where is death’s death certificate?
Is it filed away in a manila folder, shoved in a desk drawer or metal cabinet?
Buried beneath forgotten obituaries?
Or buried in the ground with corpses?

It was issued on Sunday, Easter’s date
With the time of death in the morning
The cause of death: Resurrection
And awaits publication to the world

About Evan May

Evan May is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor at Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans.
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