Heaven is the generally understood term for a transcendent place inhabited by God, metaphysical beings, and the souls of the departed. Heaven is often considered a higher place, a holy place, a paradise set in juxtaposition to its opposite, which is hell. Religions hold various views on what heaven is and how souls enter it; some consider heaven a spiritual “place,” and some claim that there are several heavens. Many faith systems suggest that heaven is a condition of spiritual aliveness and closeness to God.
Heaven may be the physical heavens that we see in the sky (sun, moon, stars) or a place where those who have led good lives go after death. Heaven may be a metaphorical term used to symbolize any kind of perfection. The concept of heaven is one that defies scientific proof, and whether one believes in any “standard” or “other” definition of heaven or not is a very personal thing.
For this prompt, I’d like you to write about your concept of heaven (either as an afterlife, as a spiritual “place,” as another plane of existence, or as a metaphor). You may take a serious approach or you may choose to be funny.
Things to Think about before Writing:
What does heaven mean to you?
What images does the word conjure up?
Is there a “heaven on earth” for you?
How would you describe heaven?
Who would you like to meet in heaven?
Who’s the most “heavenly” person you know?
Is there a “heaven on earth” that you’ve visited or would like to visit?
What’s the opposite of heaven for you?
Be sure to read the example poems to get an idea of where other poets have gone with the concept of “heaven.”