Sing my song backwards from end to beginning,
Friday to Monday, from dying to birth.
Nothing is altered, but hope changes everything:
sine “Resurrection!” and “Peace upon Earth!”
Whisper a hope through the shame and the agony,
horror and emptiness, darker than night,
visit the wounds, and the failure of Calvary:
sing “Resurrection!” and bathe them in light!
Gather the bones and the sinews of memory-
healings and parables, laughter and strife,
joy with the outcasts and love for the enemy-
breath “Resurrection!” and dance them to life!
Stretch out a rainbow from cross to nativity.
Deck out the stables with shepherds and kings,
angels and miracles, glory and poetry:
sing my song backwards till all the world sings!