Waiting for Heaven (a Ghazal)

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Obsolete // life’s most difficult burden
Life lingers on as you wait for heaven

Your rising soul resists the dimming light
Strong and powerful //waiting for heaven

Time and physical tolls // body wears out
Still you struggle // not ready for heaven

Mind and body fail you // yet life goes on
Disappear // four walls // waiting for heaven

The end is near // it is perfectly clear
Breathing is difficult // nearing heaven

Spirit rises // all earthly struggles cease
Safe in the arms of God // you reach heaven

A few years ago we waited while my mother-in-law was coming to the end of her life. I wrote a poem at that time called Waiting to Die, which was a combination of what I felt about life and what was actually taking place.  Today, I have condensed those thoughts into a Ghazal for d’Verse Poets Pub.  The Ghazal is from an ancient Arabic poety that writes in couplets of the same length. They end in each couplet with the same or similar words. It us usually about love, life, or pain. This is my second attempt at a Ghazal.

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

14 thoughts on “Waiting for Heaven (a Ghazal)

  1. Safe in the arms of God – I find this part very reassuring. I can relate to your experience and its tough when a loved one leave us after such a struggle. Thanks for sharing Dwight and enjoy your summer.

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  2. Certainly, this is a love poem. In a sense a dual love poem as it invokes the love of the Deity and provides condolence to the reader as well as the poignancy another person commented on. I think it’s an effective and responsive way to write the Ghazal form and I believe you have done so quite successfully in this piece.

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