Tonight I Went to Heaven

Tonight I went to Heaven
after months of pain
My friends held my hands,
the man at the not-exactly-pearly gate checked my bag
and the siren on the stage brought her dead pals
to Heaven with her

Tonight I went back to Heaven
I’d been on Earth, not in Hell,
maybe in Purgatory
I booked my ticket by
doing good, going without
and working hard

Tonight I went to Heaven
For the first time
For the first time
For the first time to watch
and not join in

Tonight I went to Heaven 
for the first time in maybe thirty years
It is still beneath the arches,
still a place where the weary can relax, 
and they still play Bronski Beat

Tonight I went to Heaven
But I didn’t die – 
I came alive

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