The Bureaucrat at Heaven's Door, Parts I and II|
Part 1 - Salvation dialogue
If it needed a passport, she said
last bite of fettucine primavera
open sesame, password
to get in, I would not want it
would spurn salvation
(the salad needs balsamic,
the bread is stale)
I have the knowledge, said the other
teacher of bible studies, tuesdays
for recalcitrant adults, sundays children
four and up, pre-registration required
unless you say the words, deeds, good or
otherwise, will not suffice, not get you in,
identification at the door
(my coffee's cold,
the lettuce wilted)
mint jello, house tiramisu?
the bureaucrat at heaven's door
please take a number and a seat
you're very important
to us, welcome to the gates of heaven
we'll validate your parking ticket
no storming countenanced
Part 2 - Your call is very ... to us, please stay on the line
you take a number, here's a bench
the latest magazines to read,
for the salvation of your wicked soul
'Can You Avoid Reincarnation,'
'Why Churches Fail,' 'Modesty and the Single Girl,'
'Twelve Rings to Hell and More Each Day'
you need five forms of identification
four people that can vouch for you, no relatives
one each from Column A and Column B
the entrance fee prepaid, no checks allowed
all earthly joy desire passion striving
for the final prize
long gone, the kingdom overbooked
we sold out early, call again
Appreciate your patronage!
Born Silvia Antonia Brandon Pérez in La Habana, Cuba, in 1949, February.
Mother of four sons and one daughter; poetically afflicted from the age of
12. Editor of Spanish edition of Niederngasse, a bilingual poetry magazine
which appears online and is printed twice a year. Literary award from University
of Puerto Rico for prose poem, 'Lluvia en negro.' Poetry in English
published in Niederngasse, Avalon, A Writer's Choice Literary Journal, The
Writer's Quill, 2nd River View, The Thin Wire Journal, The Crystal Oasis.