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Stairway To Heaven

A Poem by:

Linda Marie Van Tassell

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I wanted to build a stairway to heaven -

a reverent rising to make life complete -

but discovered the stairway was in my head;

and I needed to bring it beneath my feet.


For if mind and matter were set beneath me,

if pomp and pageantry were silent and still,

I could climb the steps that would lead to freedom

if only the heart would envelop the will.


There are nebulous stars and constellations

and hidden galaxies suspended in space;

and I must use them to construct that stairway,

the steps within the eyes of a wizened face.


For God's breath is blowing between the waters.

His lips are playing the woodwind of my soul;

and when no breath is to be left within me,

it is His breath of Life that blows through the hole.


The wings of love have been hidden within me.

I may fly to heaven if I so desire;

and my heart is the roof from which I must jump

to land in the hands that will lift me higher.


So I walk across stars to meet my maker -

the reflection of truth appears in the sky;

and the spirit of joy is flapping its wings

in the circle of life that will never die.


Linda Marie Van Tassell
Copyright © 2003

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