Many will say:

Those who do this

and steer clear of that

clearly have God

tucked under their hat.

And those who’ve insured

themselves against fire

by naming the cross

and defaming desire

are certain their names

must appear on His list.

And if He complains

they’ll firmly insist

“You’re mistaken, I’ve done

everything that You said,

I drank all Your wine

and ate all Your bread…

“So why don’t I feel

like abiding here now?

You aren’t what I’ve loved.

Where’s my sacred Cow?

When I look all around

I don’t see a trace

of the heaven I’ve built,

no, it’s not in this place”

But the One says:

There are those who have burned

in their hearts to heal others

and ached at the loss

of their sisters and brothers,

acquitting the worst

and illuming their night.

And despite their own failings,

refusing the flight

that beckons with death,

they strive once again

to align every breath

with the presence of Him

whom they’ve loved since they learned

that He shed from his side

the one balm that heals

their festering pride.

When finally they gaze

in His eyes they’ll see home,

not citings or symbols

but His presence alone.

And then as they look

on this setting again

they’ll see heaven’s been built

out of His love for them.


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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30 Responses to Heaven?

  1. “He shed from his side

    the one balm that heals

    their festering pride.” – Love this!

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  2. Ahhhh, that is the best think I’ve read all week! Well done.

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  3. Tina says:

    Beautiful. Love it!

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  4. jwfisch says:

    Great poem, Mitch. I assume you wrote it? May I use it? Want to give proper credit if I can.



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  5. Teressa says:

    Beautiful. Thank-you.

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  6. Amen! Wow! This stirs much in my soul and can’t wait to share with others your beautiful work.

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  7. grAnnie Roo says:

    Woah. Mitch. I’m no poet, and secretly envy them. This moved me to tears. You hit the message right out of the park.

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  8. Beautiful, Mitch… My dear, precious mother-in-love just entered the arms of Jesus a week ago… So this particularly blessed me today! Thank you!! Hope all is well with you and yours! 🙏🏻✝️

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  9. Melissa Zelniker-Presser says:


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  10. smzang says:

    Take a bow, Man of Many Hats. The last stanza is my favorite…the best of the best!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. landl30 says:

    Reminds me of CS Lewis, the Great Divorce…
    Len Freeman

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  12. This would take away the fear that haunts us. Nicely presented.

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  13. revruss1220 says:

    Beautifully written, powerfully stated, and prophetic. Not to mention timely. Thank you again for sharing your gift with the rest of us.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Ann Coleman says:

    I loved this so much! Thank you, Mitch.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Thanks Mitch. Words wonderfully woven together speaking truth.

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  16. That is beautiful and true, Mitch! Very nice!


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