“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands,
         and put my finger in the mark of the nails
         and my hand in his side,
         I will not believe.”
                   —John 20.25

You who are so sure,
go easy on Thomas.

He is the one looking but
not catching your eye on the sidewalk,

the one at the back
with the unasked question,

those with everything on their back,
or maybe just in their memory

that they can’t leave, not speaking
of what’s behind them,

still shaking, with every reason
not to but still looking—

and don’t pretend he isn’t there, too,
the little voice inside you—

not easily convinced, but still

for a sign
of hope.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

April 7, 2021

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