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Heaven's Promise

Updated on July 13, 2013
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Heaven's Promise

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Heaven poses a unique proposition,

the very concept, the actions of a life driven,

focussed on an end promised,

by believers, a resolution taught in hope.


How treasured the belief in life endless,

our souls unique yet part of a whole,

and reunited in the ending of physical life,

to meld with a benevolent deity.


Since time immemorial, that belief has endued,

life so vulnerable as to seek out an answer, definitive,

and always a creator, a beginning and an end of change,

an endless cycle of transforming life.


How comforting the concept of soul,

that exquisite, singular essence that is each one of us,

inexplicably unique with infinite potential,

to render in physical life and find solace in existence.


How arrogant we creatures of reason,

always ready to align ourselves with the unknowable,

to placate the burning insecurities of ignorance,

and in blind faith find meaning on this miraculous journey.


Reality provides little comfort, little resolution,

and so we cling to the hopes and dreams of beautiful minds,

and take as truth what we find most acceptable in our vulnerability,

and no matter what truth we find, what quells our aching hearts is best.



The human mind is a minefield of contradictions and inequity, but we do have beautiful dreams and also horrendous nightmares. What ends up in truth is anyone's guess. But as it is said: life is about the journey.

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Vicki. You're right; poetry has a way to connect like no other genre, and in exploring the words and their meaning, can inspire real thought and consideration. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day.

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      Vickiw 

      5 years ago

      I was struck by the fact that if you had written this as an article you would have had quite a backlash, I am sure. This is the power of poetry - discussion written in such a way that people from all persuasions mellow their thinking long enough to read, and sometimes even understand.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Colin. It's 10.07 pm here, and cold after a day of brooding clouds and drizzle. It was my Sunday for washing and domestic chores, and apart from writing, I snuggled with my cat, played my classical guitar and watched a few movies- one called 'Broken' an English film about how broken people become in their circumstances. The other a new one called 'Killing Season' with Robert DeNero and John Travolta in a kind of revenge, wilderness one on one film. Speaking of concerts way back then, I remember seeing Pink Floyd in an open air concert back when not many people new of them. And also seeing Queen at a Music Festival and they were not understood and virtually booed off stage. They were the days. As you said, recordings have to satisfy us these days. Take care.

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      As a writer/poet, Sir Tony, you always 'tap' into the cerebral part of my mind as you are a master wordsmith and a deep profound and soulful thinker.

      Thank you for inspiring me with all of the words that I have read from you.

      It is 8:30am on this sunday morning by the lake and it's a beautiful summer morning with first cup of coffee, some nice classical piano music and both cats Tiffy and Gabriel out on the deck.

      I was listening to Muddy Waters late last night - I bet you're a big fan of the blues as well.

      I also caught a bit of the Led Zeppelin reunion concert from 2007 on my dvd.

      Guess you can say I am an old boy when I saw Led Zeppelin in Toronto back in 1974 at the age of 16, lol, and the Who in 1975 at the age of 17 and Bob Marley in 1978. I also caught live performances of Pavarotti, Liberace, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker.

      Nowadays I just sit here at the lake and play their records, lol.

      Always great to connect with you my friend ....

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