The question of the descent into Hell
or Sheol, or Hades
on the surface seems academic.
“Did Christ actually go to free the souls
of the righteous?”
Was He there in the nebulous dark
emanating light to the countless millions
dead before the coming of the Son;
Adam and his beloved Eve
Moses and Noah and the second sons of creation?
Did the Lord come to spark the hearts of those
who had begun to despair that God had forgotten them?
The drama begins when Christ crushes Satan underfoot.
That glorious fool, that lesser-light He had made
still a pretty thing, dainty in his own way,
but now utterly defeated.
Satan a shadowshow, a pantomime of rebellion
a butt of a joke no longer funny.
Surely he beheld the God-son in something like terror,
if a fallen angel can feel terror:
“I am nothing now in the face of the victory you have won!”
Could he call for pity there in the pit?
Would all the once loosened demons fall at the feet of Christ
bemoaning their faithlessness and folly?
The human souls looking upon the scene of rout
their hearts (spiritus) exploding with pride at the fact
that they had kept the faith and now were rewarded
with infinite love and infinite forgiveness.
They called loudly to Him
“ALMIGHTY GOD, HAVE MERCY ON US”
and He did!