-ment you’re surely dead and your soul leaves your
body to go to Heaven to get judged
as more suited for Heaven or Hell and
so you’re in Eternity at least un
-til God decides to end it all and I
don’t want to die, I’m only ten years old
and as happy as a hog in slop on
Earth or most of the time, I’d rather live
a lousy life than none at all and that’s
what I told my Sunday School teacher af
-ter class today but she answered, “Gale, you’re
a bad boy–let’s go down on our knees to
pray about it” and when she took to hers
I walked away. “Follow me,” I called back.
Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Reed, Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, The Font Chiron Review, Poem, Adirondack Review, Florida Review, Slant, Arkansas Review, South Dakota Review, Roanoke Review and many other journals in over a dozen countries. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel, The Weight of the World, and The Story of My Lives. Gale has taught university English courses in the US, China, and Palestine.