breathless

for pentecost
from ezekiel 37


God said, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’
Ezekiel answered, ‘O Lord God, you know’

Ezekiel might not have known
but we’re pretty sure we do.

if only the others would listen
if they’d simply change to be like us
if they’d just know what we know…

our answers come
until, the last of our breath gone,
our hoarse voices fade away

mortal, can these bones live?
and we are left with no words to say.

so this is what it means to be human.
we can only pray for you to be god…