Treasure Island

David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

Heaven’s gates


I cannot reach the apple on the tree
It is always too high for me.
I can never write that perfect poem
It always eludes me no matter how
Hard I try.

Walking through the wood and on to
The lake – is that paradise found?
That drifting cloud – that blue sky?
Are we in heaven here on earth
To see such beauty?

Are heaven’s gates ever locked if
Beauty cannot be seen by the beholder?
Is heaven a step too far, a place one
Cannot reach, or are there glimpses
Of heaven we can see here on earth
As our life drifts from day to day?

Submitted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Edited: Saturday, August 24, 2013

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  • Poetheart Morgan (8/28/2013 4:04:00 PM)

    A perfect poem? For us poet i think is impossible. We are always seeking the perfection. Trying to reach the impossible. That is why we are Poets. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (8/27/2013 9:12:00 PM)

    I believe there are glimpses of Heaven - just the pure beauty of nature. Always enjoy your sensitive words David. I think you set your standards way to high for you are most certainly satisfying your readers (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/26/2013 9:34:00 AM)

    rightly said perfection is unlimited skies and earth and ever on it attracts/ as someone wrote if there is heaven on this earth it is here it is here..it was about Kashmir...but applicable any where there is beauty glimpses of heaven we see ....beautiful poem with beautiful thought mind jerking thank (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/25/2013 9:35:00 AM)

    'Man's reach should exceed nis grasp or what's a Heaven for'? ! Striving is greater than achieving! ! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/24/2013 8:14:00 PM)

    If we did write perfect poems wed have to give up poetry because we'd have nothing more to strive for.
    We should enjoy the challenge. Very nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (8/24/2013 11:53:00 AM)

    a lot of important questions asked. somehow I feel a part of heaven is here on earth. just a feeling David good ink (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/24/2013 9:24:00 AM)

    Heaven is here in this beautiful planet....But often it go unnoticed...and we go in search for heaven...
    Beautiful poem. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (8/24/2013 5:54:00 AM)

    I think it depends on where we focus our attention. One man's hell being another man's heaven compared to his own hell. We do live on a beautiful planet though. Lovely poem David :) (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (8/24/2013 5:42:00 AM)

    When we open our eyes here on earth, we can see things that we
    can imagine heaven to be like. A great poem. (Report) Reply

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