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HEAVEN HO!
 
"ALL ASHORE THAT'S GOING ASHORE!"
The voice was loud and strong,
A handful of people left the ship,
But the majority stayed on.
 
"Go up top," the voice said,
"If you wish to wave good-bye,
The view up there is better, too,
And you may catch a loved one's eye."
 
Most folks then went up the steps,
Peered over the rail and called,
"Bye-bye Johnny."  "So long Kate."
"Bye honey."  "Love you all."
 
A perfect day for a voyage,
A clear blue sky with no clouds,
A smiling, joyful boat-full,
All in all, a happy crowd.
 
This precious load of passengers
Was on a cruise they'd not forget,
Some saved all their lives for it,
And paid the price without regret.
 
They sailed across a smooth, blue sea,
No rough water anywhere,
A snow white dove flew up above,
As if guiding from the air.
 
The folks on medication,
Then threw their pills away,
They did not need them anymore,
For they were pain free this day.
 
And those that leaned on crutches,
Then tossed them overboard,
No danger they would fall,
Their legs were strong once more.
 
Folks confined to wheelchairs,
Pushed those clumsy chairs aside,
What a nuisance they had been,
But now they walked with pride.
 
And dear older men and women
Bent nearly double with old age,
Stood tall and put their shoulders back,
They walked erect this day.
 
The deaf and dumb both heard and spoke,
And sightless folks now saw,
Then peace at last for those crazed souls.
Whose minds were tortured and flawed.
 
The passengers smiled and felt relieved,
As they tossed their burdens to the sea,
And as each sank from sight and mind,
These men and women were set free.
 
Soon they would be reaching port,
And be ready then to disembark,
They brought no baggage with them,
Just brought their open hearts.
 
Not much further now, sweet souls,
The Harbor Master's at the dock,
Look up!  Look up!  We're nearly there!
HEAVEN HO!  Let the anchor drop!
 
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright July 2004
 
 




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Thank you Penny Parker for your background.