#NaPoWriMo2016 day 16, Go Down Death – A Funeral Sermon, continues the crown of sonnets (5 of 8) based on famed Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas’ illustrations for James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones.
Go Down Death – A Funeral Sermon
It won’t be water, but fire – next time.
The universe was expanding faster
than we thought, the distance the death angel
had to travel, longer, his flight angle
trajectory, steeper, than allowed for
in previous calculations. A bright
star steered him to the house of Caroline,
our sister, to commence her journey home.
Death didn’t say a word. She saw Death come
like a falling star, our Caroline. No fear
was in her heart. Death took her in his arms
like a baby, comforted her, placed her
on his horse securely for the ride.
And she whispered to us: I’m going home.