Floating between heaven and hell
Flames of purgatory licking at your heels
Whilst the light from heaven is calling out
One so far, the other not far behind

Reaching out to catch a glimpse of heaven
Leaving you wide open and vulnerable to hell
Ever and always between the two
One enticing your passion to pull you down
One teasing you with everlasting happiness

       Which side will win?
       Is it your choice?
       Is it fate?

Working so hard to hear the angels’ choir
Life’s knocks throwing you off your stride
Forever and a day strung out between the two
One advertising the glories of the afterlife
One reminding you of life’s darker delights

       Which side will win?
       Is it your choice?
       Is it fate?

Never an end to striving
Never a moment’s peace
Never a lessening of tension
Always questions and questing
For that something that answers all

       Which side will win?
       Is it your choice?
       Is it fate?

Forever in-between
Forever wandering
Forever floating in


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Poem inspired by Goethe’s Faust and the continuous striving of the human mind.

See the illustration here


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Jacqueline Eden
    Jacqueline Edenover 4 years ago

    Wonderful :) x

  • Thank you so much Jakki. :) So glad you likeit. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsover 4 years ago

    it all depends on you. that is the scary part. beautiful, Syb.

  • :-) It’s also where free will comes into it. :-) Thank you.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 4 years ago

    Great writing. ;o)

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Melodyone
    Melodyoneover 4 years ago

    Awesome piece and accompanying illustration ~ smolderingly cool!!
    The beckoning of the two ends of the spectrum is what gives Life life… :)

  • Thank you so much. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Purplecactus
    Purplecactusover 4 years ago

    Wonderful words. Strong and thought provoking

  • Thank you so much Pete. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago

    thought-provoking work!

  • Thank you so much Boo. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 4 years ago

    Wow…I’m exhausted, the struggle within is such a constant battle. You have written this with such a powerful momentum, right through to the end. Great work.

  • Thank you so much. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 4 years ago

    “Forever in-between
    Forever wandering
    Forever floating in

    I absolutely love this piece…I always feel I’m in that place!!!! xoxoxox

  • LOL thank you Sally, I feel like it too. The constant battle of heaven and hell….. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 4 years ago

    P.S. The art is absolutely gorgeous!!! xoxoxox

  • Thank you so much Sally. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    wow. yes, I have been so feeling in Limbo these days. brilliant work. going to the image. xoxoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Shar. Seems the trend of the month is Limbo…. xoxoxo ;-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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