Sunday Contemplation — Finding Wisdom for Father’s Day — Mark Jarman

Descriptions of Heaven and Hell, Mark Jarman, 1952

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.