Dante’s ‘heaven’


We two fallen through earth’s core
beached here at Mt Purgatory
blink back antipodean light
days on end.

There’s sky enough to dive into
islands in green-blue water
to swim to.

Heaven to be earthly
looking up nightly
at the blackness
milky with stars.

from Dante’s Heaven (Puriri Press, 2006), © Jan Kemp 2006, used by permission of the author.

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