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VCU Menorah Review Summer/Fall 2009
Number 71
For the Enrichment of Jewish Thought

Tourist Heaven

A poem by Richard E. Sherwin

Here’s a map of heaven. Youre here. How
you got here I wont ask. Youre here. Follow
the path Ive marked you’ll get where all your fellow
atheists fanatics sit and howl.

No nothingness you wanted. No virgins either.
Yes there is a Gd but she’s not in to
martyrs murderers or reason spinners.
Maybe tomorrow. Meanwhile, pie in the sky.

Your pissed to be here, at all, or so unpraised?
Relax. Satan’s hungry for you, his stomachs
rumbling, listen. No that isnt thunder.
Relax. Heaven’s your punishment. Today.

Dont count on it lasting though. She’s fickle and subtle.
Howl while you can. What’s next may not be fun.

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