Resurrection plus ten:

is the shock wearing off or setting in?

That time when the child was lost

three days,

three hours,

three minutes

that were once a lifetime

then found; the heart

does not readily recover;

it skips each time

the beloved is seen

or imagined from the corner

of a vision

or a prayer ascending

and descending like breath –


is it you?

Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. – John 21:12

Rosalind C Hughes is an Episcopal priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Her books, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence are available from Upper Room. Find more writings at

Image: Noli me tangere – mosaic in Monreale Cathedral, photo by Sibeaster, Public domain, via wikimedia commons

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