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One day you’re dead and that’s the way life is

One day you’re dead and that’s the way life is 

but at church and Sunday School, nix, life be 

-gins right when you croak because your soul goes 

straightaway to Heaven for God’s judgement 

as to whether you spend Eternity 

in Heaven or Hell and I’m ten years old 

and could fall into the fire says my Sun 

-day School teacher since inordinately 

is how I sin she swears--I think she means 

I sin a lot but it’s only my share 

is the way I see it and she sins, too, 

I even told her so after class but 

only started her bawling and when I 

split she was still at it. I’d have dried her 

tears but somehow it would’ve been a shame.


December 2023

Gale Acuff

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Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in fourteen countries and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught tertiary English courses in the US, PR China, and Palestine. He lives in Arizona.

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