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Heaven's Doorway

A light - beyond bright -
beckons me warmly
from a place beyond which I cannot yet see.
As I approach a stairway which glistens like gold,
all my former burdens and apprehensions melt away.
Body aches have vanished and I feel that I am floating toward the steps,
melting from a warmth,the intensity of which
can only be matched by the radiance of the not so distant light.
A tenderness I now can easily recognize 
emanates from that glorious light.

Nearing the stairway, I can hear sweet strains
of a music whose instruments I can't define.
I cannot see, and yet I strangely know, beyond any doubt,
that upon reaching the top of those golden stairs,
something splendid awaits me beyond the doorway.

Something forgotten is tugging at my brain,
an awareness of having been here before.
Am I simply returning to a place from whence I came
before my sojourn on the earth -
that place where loving spirits dwell in perfect peace?
On reaching the door, I do not even have to knock.
My mere desire to enter has been heard
and my unspoken questions have been answered, 
for the door slowly swings open.

I cross the threshold and enter not into a building,
but rather into another realm.
Vivid colors dance before my eyes in the guise
of flowered meadows, hills and rills, birds and butterflies.
This landscape of indescribable beauty seem to go on forever.
A deluge of memories comes flooding my mind.

Suddenly, a snow white dog comes bounding toward me.
It's my precious Ollyver, who died so many years ago, the first to greet me.
He leaps into my arms just as he used to do 
every night when I reached the doorway of my earthly home.
Flocking toward me are others. 
I become dizzy with happiness and the thrill of it all. . . 

And then appears my stepfather, no longer afflicted with dementia, 
along with my dear brother Dale, who left our earthly home
sadly when he was still in his prime and full of dreams!
Next come those beloved friends of my family, 
people whom I saw each Sunday at church and who later passed away,
people whose lives touched mine all those years ago of my childhood.
Others that arrive I recognize instantly as ancestors of mine,
 even though many of them  I'd never even met while on earth!
They come to embrace me, one after another in the beautiful meadow,
and the music I had been hearing swells to the joyous sound
of an angel's choir.

For Gail Doyle's Heaven's Doorway Poetry Contest

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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  1. Date: 4/19/2015 1:03:00 AM
    Going back through your poems and found this one. This poem gives the reader peace and love. I don't have favorite forms, but I do lean towards this one.

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 11:32:00 PM
    Wow!! snow white dog..I like it..I can picture Heaven with your great poem friend Andrea..Congratulations on your win....Have a blessed week...Love, Maria

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 10:47:00 PM
    Such a vision that rings true of heaven...congrats.. SuZ

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 9:04:00 PM
    I believe it will be much like you describe it here.... COngratulations... Jake

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:11:00 PM
    a good hm.... skat

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 10:02:00 AM
    PD, I think I withdrew this poem from your contest to put in the other. But somehow it did not get withdrawn. Strange how I was able to get Asters into the contest if this one didn't get withdrawn and GOOD thing I put asters because this one is only an hm from you. Haha.

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 4:50:00 AM
    Congrats on your win..Your faith in an afterlife shines through in this one..Sara

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 1:00:00 AM
    Lol your second congrats Andrea ....Seren

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 11:15:00 PM
    HA,,I SEE YOU HAVE A DOUBLE WIN IN THIS CONTEST........ congratulations... from: LINDA

  1. Date: 3/5/2013 9:18:00 AM
    Andrea; This was so beautiful. You deserved the win. I really enjoyed it very much. Thanks... Lucilla SoupMail

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 10:47:00 AM
    This is really nice, at least there's the comfort of knowing we'll see our loved ones again in the end if we really wish to.that's really sad about your brother, my friend actually lost her younger brother in a car accident a month ago.& it has been a loong time! ..a lot has happened, but I'm just glad I'm out of hs.:) what about you?~always&forever

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 3:52:00 AM
    Congratulations Andrea on your great win. Honored to be sharing the top spot with you!

  1. Date: 6/5/2012 6:27:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your win in Gail's contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 8:52:00 AM
    Andrea huge congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 2:32:00 AM
    yesireee, so worthy of your grand win, andie... congrats with huggs!..)

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 8:23:00 PM
    Absolutely terrific, Andrea. Thanks for your kind words on my entry, but, yes, my story certainly lacks the imagery and beauty of this. Yours ceraintly deserves the top spot it was awarded. Well done!

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 7:56:00 PM
    great write Andrea...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 7:39:00 PM

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 6:47:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win for this beautiful poem Andrea! :)

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 6:25:00 PM
    Andrea, sending you many, Congratulations with your beautiful "HEAVEN'S DOORWAY” entry in Gail's contest. God Bless. ~always :-) PD