This poem was commissioned by the Allegro Children’s Choir of Kansas City, to be set by the great composer Andrea Ramsey. The children in the choir had been asked what Heaven on earth meant to them, I was given a long list of their wonderful responses, and wove them into the fabric of my poem. It was premiered in March 2010.
©2008 Charles Anthony Silvestri
Heaven is here unfolding,
Where starlight and wonder mingle,
Where sky and earth collide
In the vast expanses of the universe
And in the smallest interstitial spaces of cell and atom.
In quiet moments, in soaring songs of light,
In unexpected beauty, in a smile,
In laughter and in love, in harmony(and hope),
In the depths of solitude
As in the joy of fellowship;
In the burnished golden light of Autumn,
In Death, and in sweet partings;
Just as in the quickening fire of newfound love,
Is Heaven here unfolding.
For widely flows the fountain,
And deep is Heaven here on earth.
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