• Gale Acuff

I'll die one day like I'm supposed to and


go to Heaven or Hell like they say at

church and Sunday School and that will be all

there is except for Eternity, where

I'll never die again, they tell me, though

in the Bad Place I'll wish I could, even

though I'll be dead already, and as for

Heaven, from what they say it seems less like

Earth than Hell is, so maybe the Good Place

really is my best bet, I only pray

it won't bring me down, all that sweetness and

light and harp-playing and wings and worship

and streets of gold and so on, I wonder

will I regret the being there and in

-stead long for the fire—Hell’s the purer place.



Gale Acuff has published hundreds of poems in over a dozen countries and has authored three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine.