by Hans Plomp


Before birth and beyond death
I went and saw
what no man is allowed to see
by the scientists and priests
who guard the gates of paradise
and crucify or call insane
the ones who break through
walls of fear and laws
by eating of the sacred trees
forbidden by false gods:
the Tree of Knowledge
and the Tree of Life.
I peek through keyholes
and perceive behind the wall
a paradise quite near,
awaiting the wise fools
who go inside themselves
to find the key.
This courageous curiosity
opens the doorway to eternity.