In Heaven

Original Text: 
Stephen Crane, The Black Riders and Other Lines (1900).
1In Heaven,
2Some little blades of grass
3Stood before God.
4"What did you do?"
5Then all save one of the little blades
6Began eagerly to relate
7The merits of their lives.
8This one stayed a small way behind
10Presently God said:
11"And what did you do?"
12The little blade answered: "Oh, my lord,
13"Memory is bitter to me
14"For if I did good deeds
15"I know not of them."
16Then God in all His splendor
17Arose from His throne.
18"Oh, best little blade of grass," He said.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.