All of the alleluias

For all the alleluias 
that fall into the empty grave 
before the earth is cast down; 
alleluias that burst 
like a disappointed balloon 
upon the tongue; 
alleluias that took a wrong turn 
and never came home; 
for all of the alleluias 
that become ululations 
for the still dead 
and dying; 
alleluias gasping;  
alleluias splitting the air 
like a protest, 
like a chant; 
alleluias whispering 
over the grave 
and troubled earth.

Alleluia Cover, H.N.Werkman, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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