aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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Poem for a friend

Talked last night with a friend who had just lost his mother. He referenced Lazarus in the conversation, which made me remember this poem by C.S. Lewis.

Stephen to Lazarus

But was I the first martyr, who
Gave up no more than life, while you,
Already free among the dead,
Your rags stripped off, your fetters shed,
Surrendered what all other men
Irrevocably keep, and when
Your battered ship at anchor lay
Seemingly safe in the dark bay
No ripple stirs, obediently
Put out a second time to sea
Well knowing that your death (in vain
Died once) must all be died again?
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