A Sunday Poem: “Enigma”


If everyone in Heaven

unites with their high school crush,

it may not be Heaven

for their legal spouse.


Nor for their high school crush.


If everyone in Heaven

is debt-free, pain-free, worry-free,

it would hardly be Heaven

for bankers, doctors, therapists.


If every meal in Heaven

is crafted by Chef Ramsay

– served on a balcony overlooking Naples –

it may not be Heaven

for McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or IHOP.


Nor for Ramsay.


If my Heaven

is the ultimate perfection,

why is everyone



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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