After The Funeral

by Ken Harnisch

Peace be with you

And also with you

Went the mantra

But my heart was boiling

And torn, and no Unseen

Deity was going to cure

It of its propensity

To seek solace in the glass


And at the bar

I met the lame and lost

And we watched ESPN

Gawking at some cricket game

Played on the muddy fields of

A storm-lashed Bangladesh


And we wondered if A-Rod could

Be as adept with a sticky wicket

As he could a Louisville Slugger

And if he wouldnÂ’t seem

Unseemly in a pair of

Starched white Bermuda shorts 


The glasses came and came again

As the sunlight died

And the cricket match went on

My vexed heart took its numbed

And empty chambers

And somehow made it home

Where, on the knife edge

Of the morning after,

I woke up to find

I still believed in God


Posted on 10/07/2004
Copyright © 2024 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rula Shin on 10/07/04 at 07:44 PM

Wow, intense in its tell tale bar scene drudgery, "at the bar I met the lame and lost And we watched ESPN" - yes and this is where the temporarily lost souls flutter to meet with the other temporaries, some on their way to joining the permanently lost souls...for some, night never turns to day, but for those who wake to find themselves penetrated by the sun's rays, still believers, there is hope yet..great poem :-)

Posted by JD Clay on 10/11/04 at 07:51 PM

Pallid poetry, Ken. This magnificent poem carries a sense of despair and contemplation, then reinforces the thought of unconditional, in meaningful detail. Pe4ce...

Posted by Paganini Jones on 12/20/04 at 06:50 PM

This echoes and says what at the moment I have no words for.

Posted by Rebecca Andre on 03/03/07 at 04:40 AM

*nods* wonderfully captured.

Posted by Kris Mara on 04/16/09 at 05:11 PM

beautiful...captures a feeling many of us can relate to so very well...

Posted by Leonard M Hawkes on 06/05/10 at 04:30 AM

Yes, I like this one--a haunting honesty.

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