If Heaven's Not My Home
creative nonfiction by Patty Ireland
Spring, summer, fall, winter all bleeding into sameness might kill the cat and the wildflowers and the tomatoes and the birds and the trees and us. I ask: Could environmental catastrophe happen that fast? Could we all be dead in five or ten more years?
Oh, Lord you know I have no friend like you,If heaven’s not my home, then Lord, what will I do?
Baxter, J.R. "This World is not My Home." Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company, 1946.
Patty Ireland holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is an Associate Professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College. Her work has appeared in Appalachia Bare Journal, 100 Days in Appalachia’s “Creators and Innovators” series, The Old Timer’s Guide to Chattanooga Tennessee: The Legends, History and Fun of Chattanooga, and the Alzheimer’s Association Press, among others. She is currently at work on a debut creative nonfiction book, East Ridge As Eden, about growing up in the 1960s and ’70s with a mother who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease and an uneducated but wise Appalachian father.