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Below is the poem entitled PURGATORY which was written by poet Daniel Cwiak. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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When we stand before the Pearly Gates
St. Peter with his golden keys awaits
as the Book of Our Life is opened to the dates
to see if good deeds were done to our mates.
It lasts only a second but we think its late
As he scans the words next to the dates
and curious beads of sweat arise on our pates
for the Book contains the answer to our fates.

We begin to shift from leg to leg after a little while
thinking of all the things we did that were petty and vile.
More upon more of those thoughts we pile
until we can no longer stand the trial.
Then, St. Peter grabs his phone and slowly begins to dial
"He's here now, Lord" is overheard..."he's been in Purgatory for a while".
Then he hangs up the phone, and gives us a curious smile
"The Boss said He paid your into Heaven you can file"!

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  1. Date: 11/21/2012 10:09:00 PM
    DANIEL,, Stopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

  1. Date: 1/6/2011 6:05:00 AM
    Dan, what a great way of bringing your message across I love how you ended it as well. Had a nice flow to it ;-) love WN

  1. Date: 1/5/2011 5:32:00 PM
    This one can bring some bad memories to mind if one had any in there..Isn't it good that it is not based on what we have done but on He who did it all for us..I am glad that I chose this one to read tonight..Sara