VISIONS OF GREATNESS
The power of words - word can bring us to our knees or inspire us to reach for the stars. I have always been inspired by poetry; as a child I had to memorize them both in school and in church. I still remember all the words to Jeannie Kirby’s, “I Wonder Why the Grass is Green,” which I memorized in my pre-teen years. My current source of inspiration is “Phenomenal Woman,” by Maya Angelou. I encourage everyone to connect with your thoughts and emotions by writing. I wrote this poem a few years ago while thinking of ways that I could live my life in a meaningful way. Sometimes, thinking about the end is a good way to make sure that you are always growing and all your days are meaningful.
by Janet Autherine
I believe in heaven but
If this life ends and there is no mansion in the sky and I just return to the dirt from whence I came,
I want ashes to ashes, dust to dust to be a song of joy and revival.
In this life
My heart gave more love than it could contain
My soul was a conduit for spiritual and physical love and harmony
My mind expanded beyond the text books to the endless possibilities of the universe
My hands reached out indiscriminately to help family, friends and strangers
My body was a vessel to be treasured but not an obsession
My feet were never too tired to dance or run the last mile.
You see, I have always been in my heaven but now I am one with the earth again.
Grass happily grows on me without the need for fertilizers
Roses and hibiscus plants flourish and bloom beautiful flowers in my soil
Organic vegetables thrive as nature intended and nourish the world
Happy couples sit on a bench over me and feel the love that I carried inside of me
The elderly are comforted even knowing that they may be joining me soon
My loved ones rub me between the palm of their hands and find peace.
A well-lived life on earth is the beginning of my heaven