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  You could have a big dipper   

Heaven's in the belfry of our church, up by Gale Acuff

in the attic just beneath the steeple

anyway though I've never seen it with

my own eyes, that attic I mean but dit

-to Heaven, I don't think that anyone

living ever has, not even Preacher

or my Sunday School teacher, only dead

folks do and then not all of 'em, or not

for long before their underachieving

souls get shipped down to the Devil to be

tortured and tormented--sometimes God's love

gets a little carried away and how

do I know God lives in the steeple or

right below it anyway? The answer

is I don't. But I have faith. Too damn much.


Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in a dozen countries and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine.

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