Ladder of Heaven

climbing jacobs ladder
i peered into the loft of heaven
and saw the hidden treasures stored up for me
it was a vast spread – a sumptuous buffet
laid up for the hungry of the lord
there was fruit of all kinds plucked from the edenic trees
laid like jewels on a white sheet
washed clean by the wine red blood of the lamb
and i saw marching into the banqueting hall
a cosmopolitan crowd drawn from every nation and tongue
ready to sup with the lord

dazed by this splendorous sight
i looked down from the top of the ladder
and in that vertiginous moment
i fell down and woke up with a start
in the hot cramped room of my house one summer night

– ramgopal rao

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