The Final Things
Eschatology: …a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind…
Matters eschatological obsess
Love Poets. They believe in Paradise,
but one that brings them Touch instead of Grace.
Transfiguration comes from ecstasies
reserved for day’s end, not the world’s—a kiss
that leads to further, deeper intimacies
best privately pursued: the poet “dies,”
or suffers some embarrassing release.
But, no, he doesn’t die. Love isn’t fire,
Hell or Apocalypse, though poets claim
all three bring torment, agonizing flame
roughly equivalent, as trumpets blare
and Judgment looms….
But love’s not like the rest
of these, is it?—the final things, that last.