Had Mary of Magdala burdened her grief
to the tomb this day, one day early,
Easter Sunday too impossible to conceive,
and had the stone already rolled just enough
for Mary to part the veil of darkness,
yes, she would have met face to face
the angel telling her to come back tomorrow,
but since you are here, know Jesus
has descended, divine and human,
into the underworld, abode of the dead,
harrying Satan-Death, bursting through
the gates of hell, exploding wide the doors
of Hades, Hell’s innocent captives freed
to rise with him . . .
from the defiant rubble of Ukraine,
the body bags of Bucha.
Look up atop that standing building–
a giant construction crane, a cross
empty against the skyline.
Come back tomorrow morning!