Jack Foley responds to Wesli Court's epitaph
"R.I.P. Jack Foley"
R.I.P. Lewis Turco
May 2, 1934-
Here lies the Turk
A piece of work
He hoped for inaugural
But arrived at doggerel
GOOD FRIDAY / HOLY SATURDAY
difficult to write & not write
“Good” in the sense of “holy”—“goodness”—
day of death & “agony” (in Greek the word
so many dead
is “struggle,” “contest,” but
all symbolized by this one
take it to mean “great pain”)
“the time of weeping that lasts for the night
This is the day
while awaiting the joy that comes in the morning”
why weep if joy is coming & you know it?
to the cross”
“he is dead he lays in the tomb
and of uproar in the earth and heavens
while we eagerly await”—
and the tearing of the veil of the temple.
but what if that part of the story is false?
Today tells us
what if the tomb is never opened—or his body remains there?
that even the Innocent die,
what if the Resurrection never comes?
the lamb is slaughtered.
Then all we have is
But it is all “fixed”—by Sunday
Holy Saturday, this day
death is reversed—magnacrucifixion
April 7, 2012
turned to triumph.
We must think of a man’s death
and of his life
only as what precedes his death,
not what follows it.
What if (Lord!) Spring (in this respect) is a lie?
Copyright © 2012 Jack Foley