At Sunday Vespers during Eastertide a variety of members of our church are introducing a reading or poem relating to Easter which they have chosen.
On Easter Day Fr Ian introduced the series, and remarked that as well as the great joyful celebrations of Easter the quiet reflective times of Easter are very important too. Many of the Resurrection appearances were in intimate settings, and were ‘interpreted by love.’ With this in mind Fr Ian read a poem (in translation) by the Nobel Prize winning Czech poet, Vladimir Holan (1905 – 1980):
Is it true that after this life of ours
we shall one day be awakened by a
terrifying clamour of trumpets?
Forgive me, God,
but I console myself that the beginning
and resurrection of all of us dead
will simply be announced
by the crowing of a cock
After that we will remain
lying down a while
The first to get up
will be mother
We’ll hear her, quietly
laying the fire, quietly putting
the kettle on the stove and
cosily taking the teapot out of the cupboard.
We’ll be home once more.