Poem by Jack Powers


The Lord
Wants me
To be the best
Of my generation,
No excuses, that’s
What he wants.
It will be painful
Following His wishes
The Highest Tower
Is what he calls
     Me to
Surprise, I’m already
With my Mother
And father
     in heaven
That’s a climax
We climb as they
Not to be our own
We lean into
     The struggle.
We Must get into
     the task.
This task is ours,
It’s not easy
     To believe
But, if you don’t,
Heaven will be
Far from you!


Poem by Jack Powers


Jack Powers (1937-2010) founded Stone Soup Poetry on May 1, 1973.


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