Heaven and earth, a poem

Heaven
My heaven has no
passionless harp-strummers,
no starry-eyed cloud-walkers,
no Peter handing out wings at the gate.

Not a white-washed temple nor marble mansion,
nor misty stage.
No silent mass of robes and halos, no.

My heaven bristles and glows!
My Zion teems with busyness and greenery.
Its people sparkle, inside-to-out—
stone-skippers, kite-flyers, these.

Music, yes,
but not only church choirs—
   in someone’s garage
   guitarist and drummer
   nod laughing at each other and tap their feet,
   while ’round the piano gravelly voices dance.

Worship, yes,
but not only rows of saints sharing hymnbooks—
   in the studio
   an artist completes a sculpture,
   and crowds applaud the Giver’s gifts.

My heaven is
a place of orchestras and didgeridoos,
sixteen-inch softball
and a tug at the end of your line,
children twirling under the fire hydrant
and couples waltzing the ballroom floor.
It’s a land of milk and honey
and ham on rye;
Sunday mornings,
and Saturday nights,
and all the purpose-filled workdays in between.

No dream, no ghost,
no drifting spirit world.

My heaven is real.

[1990]

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2 thoughts on “Heaven and earth, a poem”

  1. I love it MJ! Incredibly well written, and great theology too! I would love this in the Saltshaker as well!
    Have a great day!
    Dave

    Reply
    • Thanks Pastor Dave! I actually wrote this a long time ago, but I was reminded of it recently when my neighbor and I were talking about heaven. She doesn’t want to go there because it sounds so boring! Then again, maybe that’s how some people feel about retirement too. :)

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