Sitting on God’s Front Porch

—Lorne Balfe, from The Last Man on the Moon

by Maya Jacyszyn

I've never pictured heaven with a front porch,
or much of heaven really,
but it comes to me now
There are no clouds.
Why do paintings always show clouds?
And so much light?
             I suppose upward means
clouds and light, but
up means the ceiling too.
Funny thing it is to picture heaven as
a house with ceilings,
God in the main bedroom. Or
does He prefer a humble life,
a monk's life, sleeping under
stairwell storage?
             Heaven is not a house, but
God does have a front porch, and
you stand on it.
             There is light, but it's more
somber than artwork, like a 
constant state of sunset,
and as you look out, there are ocean waves
reflecting only your sweetest memories,
then suddenly you're on it,
not in it, you don't get wet, but
your bare feet glaze the top like a
buoy with no tremor,
no worry.
             You sit down with crossed legs,
peaceful and full-hearted.
You're still —
as you watch life on rewind,
heart swelling,
spirit swooning.
             It's all you are now.
Sitting on God's front porch crying,
watching each wave
and every love,
for someone to tap your back
and come sit beside you.

Engineer Dolabela

by Guilherme Bergamini

Maya Jacyszyn has recently graduated from Saint Joseph’s University, with a major in Film Studies and double minors in English and Ancient Cultures. She served as Editor-in-Chief of SJU’s literary magazine, titled Crimson & Gray, where six of her poems have been published.

Reporter photographic and visual artist, Guilherme Bergamini is Brazilian and graduated in Journalism. For more than two decades, he has developed projects with photography and the various narrative possibilities that art offers. The works of the artist dialogue between memory and social political criticism. He believes in photography as the aesthetic potential and transforming agent of society. Awarded in national and international competitions, Guilherme Bergamini participated in collective exhibitions in 49 countries.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s