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Poem: "Graceful Dreams" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Graceful Dreams"

This poem came out of the March 2013 crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from Dreamwidth user Elliemurasaki.  It also fills the "heaven" square on my 12-2-12 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by DW user chanter_greenie.  It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

Graceful Dreams

The dreams took the priest by surprise,
a shock as unexpected and sublime
as the Fledging itself, dreams in which
he flew through Heaven on angel wings.

As joyful as he was at the idea  of Heaven,
the reality proved something else altogether,
numinous and overwhelming to a human soul
however graced with dove feathers he might now be.

The risen devil who was his friend
sympathized with the priest's plight
and spread soft sparrow wings over his back
as the priest whispered a faltering description.

The angel who had been a devil
was familiar with the lay of Heaven
from the fallen angels he'd known in Hell;
these images were too real to be mere night-fancies.

They were memories that only showed up in dreams,
recollections of the soul from the time before birth,
when God had gathered up the stuff of creation
and shaped it into a brand new person.

The priest admitted that he did not know
what to do about any of this;
the angel simply nodded, because
they often had that in common.

It was not long after that
when the angel found the priest napping,
not on the little cot in the back room,
but a good six inches above  it.

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From: technoshaman Date: October 8th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Man's relationship with his God, be it heaven or hell, is both present, and yet to be." -- a Methodist minister whose name escapes me, quoted by Bill Landiss (RIP)

Very much present. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 9th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this.

Yes, the connection with the Divine in this setting is up to individual people, how much they want to pursue it.
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