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One Hour Photo

By Gale Acuff


One day when I'm dead I'm supposed to come

to life again, I think I'll be in my

grave, my soul with my body, if I have

one, a soul that is, and then Jesus shows

up in the air and all us souls soar to

Him, at Sunday School it's the Rapture but

at the church across town your soul goes straight

to Heaven, that's what they believe I mean

--no waiting--it's like a one-hour photo

shop I guess but anyway I'm not sure

who's right, people at our church or at theirs, at

ten years old I'm really too young to know

very much of anything but I'd guess

that if both are correct then they're all wrong.


Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in eleven countries and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine. He writes from Zababdeh, Palestine.


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