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Glimpse of Heaven

How curious, remote, the pain seemed now
As a fly on the ceiling, she looked down
Her body below in a hospital gown

Incessant beeps emitted by machines
With blips and waves on their monitor screens
She tried to cry out; muffled were her screams

No warmth penetrated surgeons’ white masks
“What are they doing?” she wanted to ask
“And how do I know they’re up to the task?”

The scene rolled past like a horror movie
Terror, she feared, would last eternally
But the action, the beeps, stopped suddenly

A creature of light appeared, took her hand
Something seemed familiar about this man
Had they met before in another land?

Through a stone tunnel he guided her now
Without taking steps, but floating somehow
Toward figures moving in a misty shroud

Some she recognized as they drew near
Family and friends whose love she held dear
Were welcoming her; she’d nothing to fear

Parents, an uncle, a cousin and niece
Beckoned her onward, her soul sensed release
In a radiant spectrum, stairway to peace

But as scenes from her life began to unwind
A Deity with a voice so sublime
Said, “I’m sorry, but it’s not yet your time.”

Pulled by a vacuum, withdrawn from the light
Through the tunnel again, though she tried to fight
From the ceiling she gazed, witnessed the sight

Electric currents jump-started her heart
Paddles brought back pain she’d known from the start
When later she woke, there was much to impart

But a skeptical doctor denied her claim
Her “journey” he dismissed as inane
Circuits, claimed he, had misfired in her brain

But she knew the truth, would not be deceived
Even when only her pastor believed
A glimpse of heaven she had received

* * Based on my own experience during surgery long ago.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 11/6/2014 5:30:00 PM
Well done Carolyn, your last line confirmed for me - it was truly written from the heart. Congrats
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Date: 11/6/2014 8:51:00 AM
Over 40 years ago as a 24 year old I had an NDE. Before then I was an agnostic, a self-styled existentialist enthralled with Camus and Sartre. Having been given the great gift of realizing that we are immortal beings inhabiting for a speck of time mortal bodies, I know now that materialism, the idea that what you see is what you get (and its conclusion that life is meaningless) is the real illusion. Even more fortunate, and greater, are those who believe on faith alone. Thanks for sharing
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Date: 11/6/2014 6:08:00 AM
so beautifully written and such a moving poem Carolyn:-)Many congrats on your win:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 11/5/2014 11:18:00 PM
Congratulations Carolyn. A very moving poem. I'm so glad you came back. You have to see Heaven is for Real.
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Date: 5/11/2014 12:55:00 PM
Carolyn This is an "eerily" descriptive and interesting story. Every line pulls the reader in more and more. Thank you for the nice comment on my Moon Of Red poem.
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Date: 9/11/2010 5:33:00 AM
The imagery is very acute. I felt as if I was there with you. many congratulations on this win.
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Date: 9/11/2010 4:16:00 AM
Congratulations on the winner poem in the contest, Carolyn
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Date: 9/10/2010 5:45:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in Catie Lindsey's contest Carolyn. Love Carol
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Date: 9/10/2010 5:35:00 PM
Wow! congrats my dear. BG
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Date: 9/10/2010 12:40:00 PM
Beautiful story and congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 9/10/2010 12:01:00 PM
Many have had this journey and you do not need to be near death to experience it again, some call it BLISS STATE, prayer &/or meditation can get you there too. But as with your experience one doesn't get too far IN unless "your invited" ;) LOVE you! Write me. Congrad's
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Date: 9/10/2010 11:28:00 AM
Indeed the miracle one hears time and time again. How can we not begin to see the truth, when it has been experienced by so many? What a wonderful entry to the contest, Carolyn! Congratulations ! Love, Carrie
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Date: 9/6/2010 9:35:00 AM
You are such a wonderful creator what else can I say--------------luv carolynm well done?
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Date: 9/4/2010 7:54:00 PM
What a matchless description in beauty par excellent. Only a lovely soul and seasoned writer can paint such a live sketch of Hospital experience. Brilliantly expressing the mind and thoughts of the person who undergoes a surgery. Superb Poetry my friend. My good wishes for your contest entry. Love and best wishes always.....Ravindra...Carolyn Devonshire
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Date: 9/1/2010 1:11:00 AM
Excellent piece and deserves to be in the winners circle ... ( post)
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Date: 8/29/2010 11:01:00 PM
I do believe, and your account is beautiful and so much more, I know in my heart for sure there is more and something greater then man and this time,that is why i am not afraid to die,I am not ready to leave quite yet, but when my time comes and I believe it is already predestined when,I am ready to embark into what is ahead,,,all the best and much more,,Blessings..Cecil ps. soup mail.
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Date: 8/28/2010 12:52:00 PM
So well written, Carolyn, and I believe these experiences to be true. It is time we understand that life does not stop when the heart stops, it is just in a different dimension. But that dimension is also linked to the way we live during our physical life and therefore, what we think, say or do in this life does have an impact on the after life. Thanks for sharing your experience so well and good luck in the contest. Love, your friend, Caroline.
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Date: 8/28/2010 5:22:00 AM
A lovely write, even though, I too don't believe in people going to heaven when the die.
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Date: 8/27/2010 12:57:00 PM
Damn girl- that was perty near my NDE!! I couldn't rhyme it like you did- (pats you on the back) P.S. When I floated to the ceiling and flipped around to see myself being operated on- there was a Snickers Bar on top of the cabinet! That room was compromised by the potential germs (I am still pissed) 99% of my poems are for contests- sparks my imagination I guess. I just felt like entering a few contests today- Poetry is so undefined and I think I fit right in- lol
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Date: 8/27/2010 6:26:00 AM
A wonderful entry and it reads to me like a winner, what we would all give for a glimpse of heaven~~
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Date: 8/26/2010 4:40:00 PM
this is amazing. what an image. .& meaning. i guess some things are really not meant to happen at the time it does. a near death experience can be a vision most spectacular. ~Always&Forever Lynette
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Date: 8/26/2010 6:14:00 AM
enjoyed reading...I have heard these stories several times by different ones. amazing!
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Date: 8/25/2010 10:07:00 PM
wow, Carolyn, your lawyers more popular than my dogs. haha. But I am ok with that. I need time for judging and am not impatient like some are. goodnight now. Luv, Andrea p.s go to my blog if you have time and tell me what annoys you!
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Date: 8/25/2010 7:21:00 PM
Great write, Carolyn. Enjoyed. Thanks for your heads up on the Dog thing. I'm not entering the contest however. Yesterday I checked the rules it said 2-16 lines, funny or serious. I wrote the poem originally to comply. Tonight I was about to enter and rechecked the rules. Tonight it said 2-20 lines and make me laugh. I'm affraid my entry isn't gonna make anyone laugh. Oh well, thanks anyway. xxxRalph
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Date: 8/25/2010 7:16:00 PM
I envy you this wonderful experience. How wondrful for you. I have heard these inane explanations and they make no sense at all. I am sure this is a winner. I wish that I could enter this one but she asks for personal experiences and i have nothing dramatic to talk about.
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