The Lake of Fire
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
- Revelation 20:15
I imagine someone standing on a boat,
gently rocking the soft tide,
when the palm of a hand strikes them
between the shoulder blades – in
that place they can never quite scratch.
They fall forward, unexpectedly tumbling
face first into the lake, gulping a mouthful
of sulfur and ash upon impact,
white coals and soot as black as a smokestack
filling all the crevices of their face.
They flounder silently in the flames
as the engine flickers to life
and moves the vessel forward,
leaving only loveless waves
lapping at their screaming soul.