Mark Jarman

(5 June 1952 / Mount Sterling, Kentucky)

Descriptions Of Heaven And Hell

Poem by Mark Jarman

The wave breaks
And I'm carried into it.
This is hell, I know,
Yet my father laughs,
Chest-deep, proving I'm wrong.
We're safely rooted,
Rocked on his toes.

Nothing irked him more
Than asking, "What is there
Beyond death?"
His theory once was
That love greets you,
And the loveless
Don't know what to say.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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