says Jesus loved Lazarus so much
that, hearing he was ill, he stayed away
enough for him to die. The sisters'
grief turned to anger and confusion, knowing
need not have been so—Mary
fell at his feet with a sullen
rebuke: "Lord, if you had been here...”
And we are Mary. Her four days' despair
drawn out in us for two millennia,
the word we sent remains unanswered while
that are loved go to their certain
deaths—he will come again
all seems much too late, shouting
"Come out" to a bound and stinking world.
The story of the raising of Lazarus is told in John 11.