Like Heaven (poem)

Like Heaven

There’s a certain beauty

In the destruction of ash and smoke

blossoming in lavender summer

ready to take flight

held in for too long a secret

whispered among trees…


You tried so hard to keep away

Despite warning signs:

splintered hands, charcoal visions,

remnants of unrequited heartbreak

surfaced by the roadside like cherries

after the last frost—sweetest of all

lie in the snow like drops of blood

disappearing from sin.


But you fell in love, anyway

With the waterfalls of her hair

bathed in peachy arms

with scars like three rivers

connecting at the delta—

ready to heal after lost years

hiding, now feeling like



into Heaven.

— The Finicky Cynic

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