An invisible stairway winds around
This earthly course of ours
Its path leads to the pearly gates
On past the distant stars.

The sacred stairs go to a home
That's bathed in holy light
And crystal skies are patronized
By angels dressed in white.

A wondorous place so full of grace
Ruled by the Shepherd's rod
Where Jesus holds the book of life
Before the throne of God.

Another stairway cold and grim
Goes just the other way
On past the point of no return
To a world so dark and gray.

This place is filled with chambers
Down in the pits of doom
A fiery blaze engulfs it all
And demons guard each room.

A world that has no mercy
A dungeon of despair
Where endless pain and torture reign
And brimstone fills the air.

An invisible stairway beckons us
A place we all must go
We can choose to rise to paradise
Or perish down below.

2001 Marilyn Ferguson

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