Easter Sunday, 1985
To take steps toward the reappearance alive of the disappeared is a subversive act, and measures will be adopted to deal with it. —General Oscar Mejia Victores, President of Guatemala In the Palace of the President this morning, The General is gripped by the suspicion That those who were disappeared will be returning In a subversive act of resurrection. Why do you worry? The disappeared can never Be brought back from wherever they were taken; The age of miracles is gone forever; These are not sleeping, nor will they awaken. And if some tell you Christ once reappeared Alive, one Easter morning, that he was seen— Give them the lie, for who today can find him? He is perhaps with those who were disappeared, Broken and killed, flung into some ravine With his arms safely wired up behind him.
From Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems by Charles Martin. Copyright © 2002 by Charles Martin. Reprinted with the permission of The Overlook Press.