There are no Mirrors in Heaven

There are no mirrors in heaven, no
self-reflection on
    tied tongues, pride
    rung and hung before
    eyes to see or
on ears marred by wounding words;
no deer-in-head-light fright staring
me in the face
of demands remanding my freedom.
No, none of this in heaven.

There are no mirrors in heaven, only
windows and doors
neither locked nor exit-ready;
no need to capture,
no need to bolt,
no need to be back-against-the-wall
because there are no walls in heaven, only
bridges where
    righteousness and mercy meet, where
    justice and peace kiss and
        all is the biggest word of all.

11 thoughts on “There are no Mirrors in Heaven

  1. shoreacres says:

    Wait. I know it’s a poem, but how can there be windows and doors if there aren’t any walls? 🙂

    That little fun quibble aside, I love the title, and the first half, particularly. We’re surrounded by mirrors — including our various electronic devices, which often function as nothing more than a different kind of mirror. Mirrors can represent judgment by others, but they also can point to self-absorption: a modern malady if ever there was one.

    That may be one reason escapes to the country, the water, the mountains, are so refreshing. Walk down any city street, and we can’t escape seeing our reflections: in car mirrors, in windows, in other people’s glances. Away from all that, we’re freed to see the world outside more sharply, rather than seeing only ourselves.

    This is quite wonderful: an incisive and thought-provoking piece!

    • agjorgenson says:

      Ha! Thanks for the prod! I’ll go with the “It’s a poem” defense, but just maybe heaven is a little bit like this:

      Mackenzie King Estate - Le domaine Mackenzie-King

      There is an interesting character behind this image… our longest serving Prime Minister, William Lyon Mckenzie King, who was born in my town back when it was called Berlin. After his death it was discovered that he had seances, in which he chatted with his dead mother, and on his estate are these many random doors and windows with just enough wall to hold them up.

  2. R says:

    No walls – only bridges. Awesome!

  3. Lovely! I like the form and the repetitions. Great message and ending, A.

  4. jannatwrites says:

    I like the word play/interaction here. I can’t pick a favorite line or phrase because they all interact so well together. Nicely done!

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