Richard Allen Beevor

Freshman - 1,016 Points (23 March 1949 / London)

Away From Heaven


Columns of stone over flowers small and green,
star circles around the words and in between,
away from heaven and back in hell,
above the noise I heard a distant bell.

From the grimy pits and smoke filled fires above,
as gates fly wide there issued forth a bird of love,
away from heaven and back in hell,
above the noise I heard a distant bell.

So soaring high above the clear, gleaming cloud,
I met a man all wrapped in a silver shroud,
leaping from his resting place to stand at my side,
he said,
'For you I am come here to guide'

I said,
'Lead the way and I shall follow on'
he replied,
'No! ' and then was gone,
away from heaven and back in hell,
above the noise I heard a distant bell.

Pillars of stone and flowers all green
around the words and in between,
sinking away from the distant overcrowded space,
arriving soon the bottomless pit and fiery place,
a voice said,
'Come in and welcome to hell'
as I did,
looking back I saw the bell.

Submitted: Friday, January 16, 2015

Topic of this poem: travel


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