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     Hell is.
     Reflections a collection of
     Prose and Poetry by Minnesota Writer’s
     featured in the Bloomington Arts Center Literary Council
     Production Fall of 2008
Hell is …

Mother's unshed tears


Chubby arms clinging to her pant leg

Doctor shaking his head

When life

Is unwilling to return

Glistening tears

On survivors cheeks

Unanswered questions

Heaven is …


of a child, warm in

crook of your arm,

sound of a breeze,

crinkling leaves

carrying sounds of summer,

wonder in the eyes, warmth of a smile,


from strangers,

tentative touch, gentle hug,

flushed face,

erupting laughter,

small, smooth hand,

tucked gently, into

a large worn palm.