Heaven and Hell

The battle is fought
Deep inside our minds
Each decision or indecision
Balances the scales
And the weight of the feather
Means nothing when you fall like lead

The flames of hell
Sizzling bright fire burning your soul
The snake enticing you with promises
Easier whispered than kept
The angel’s wings keeping you aloft
When darkness falls

Times when hesitation
Can change the fate of the world
Seconds to spare
Before the bomb explodes

Falling and flying are just
       A matter of perception
       A matter of direction
       A matter of great importance

The constant pull
       Between light and dark
       Between evil and good
       Between pleasure and the quest

The battle is fought
Deep inside our minds
Tearing at our soul and
Tugging our heartstrings
Dragging us down and
Lifting us up

Each decision or indecision
Leaves us tied up in the middle
Feeling small and insignificant
When we are so important

The devil is in the detail
And the big picture, too
We don’t grow our wings in a day
But we may start right now.

The battle is fought
Deep inside our minds
Each and every day
Till the final moment
When we find out
If we made a difference.


© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

Heaven and Hell

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Poem to go with my illustration of the same name.


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