I hope there is a Heaven,
With someone waiting there.
Where fear doesn't live,
And there's only love to share.

I hope there's someone's arms,
To wrap around you all.
That wash away the knowledge,
Of the day that you did fall.

I hope there is a warmth,
That fills your souls with peace.
I pray there's swings and roundabouts,
Where fun doesn't ever cease.

I pray that all your parents,
In fact right now I just don't know.
I know they will not heal,
Because they loved you so.

I pray one day for justice,
For a future not yet seen.
That laws will now be changed,
Because of a past that's been.

If Heaven has a staircase,
I'd climb up every stair.
And carry you all back down,
To see your parents waiting there.

About this poem

Written in the aftermath of the tragic Robb Elementary School Texas shootings.

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Written on 2022

Submitted by Soulwriter on May 26, 2022

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Joanne Boyle

Joanne is from Hartlepoole, UK. She works as a healthcare assistant and writes poetry in her free time. She captured the nation's heart with the poem she wrote on the occasion of Phillip Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. It is written from the point of view of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth the Second, and went viral as people around the world connected to Joanne's words. more…

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Discuss the poem "Heartbreaking" with the community...

  • jennybabygirl6982
    A real tear jerker, so well done!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • JoseCanUC
    Thanks for sharing.
    LikeReply 15 months ago
  • dougb.21370
    Glad that you delight in your Monarchy. Charles is into it ably and sensitively. Watched all of the Coronation. Pomp and music done so well by you Brits
    LikeReply 17 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    Convincingly from the heart and worth two or three reads again. So that it might sink in. The outrage. But also the hope of endless, painless Glory. It transcends every doubt or fear or failure..Doug Blair…write some more willya? 
    LikeReply 18 months ago
  • Philipo
    Fine work. It is hope that never disappoints and only faith that can transport one to there. Have faith and able hands will envelop you on the appointed day.
    LikeReply 19 months ago
  • Symmetry58
    Utterly beautiful sentiment and worded equal to the task. Thank you.
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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