How the Subway can help you find heaven

From the wall of a New York subway car I found and wrote down this astonishing poem by Patrick Phillips. 

Holiday wreath on 3rd Avenue

Heaven

It will be the past

and we'll live there together.

Not as it was to live

but as it is remembered.

It will be the past.

We'll all go back together.

Everyone we ever loved,

and lost, and must remember.

It will be the past.

And it will last forever.

 

I found later that "Heaven" by Patrick Phillips in included in a book called Boy published by The University of Georgia Press, 2008 and presented by the NY MTA as part of its Poetry in Motion series.

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