The poem below entitled Talitha cumi is fascinating in it’s allusions to the gospel. The title comes from the words of Jesus to Jarius’ daughter on her death bed, “Get up little girl” (a phrase of Aramaic preserved in the original Greek text). There are only a few examples of the very language of Jesus in the text but these tender words are enshrined here.
However, there are only to shreds of the Gospel, traces of the good news to be found here. There is a deep desire for love, and ultimately all desire is a desire for God, but here it is beyond one’s reach.