Visiting Hours (inspired by the song of the same name)


I wish heaven had visiting hours

Just to keep conversations going

And to not just live in the present

And enjoying the moment


I wish for any type of connection

Let me be on the phone on the other side of the glass

To hear how much you all are proud of me

Or to tell how I’ve been acting an ass


I’d say hi to you uncle 

And say hello do you recognize me

I was only one at the time

But now do you remember me

I’d say hi to my grandpa

And say I miss summer vacations

That next call on the holidays I’ve still been continuously waiting

I’d say hey cuz

I miss your spirit 

To hear your voices again

I’d do anything to hear it


If heaven had visiting hours

I’d probably cry and never want to leave

If time could stand still for a second

I would beg and plead

Until the next time I see you all

Hopefully you’ll have stories for me

I just hope that you know so much 

Has changed since you’ve been away



Ed Sheeran has been one of music’s most popular acts over the last decade. His artistry has transcended across multiple genres and he has released some of your favorite songs known to date. He released his fifth studio album = last month and the track, Visiting Hours, is my favorite track on the project. 

   This song is a very personal song for the singer as he speaks of if he was able to spend time in heaven to converse with lost family and friends. From first listen of this track, I got emotional as I could connect with and imagine the conversations I would have with certain people. When I wrote this piece, it was on the anniversary of one of my cousins that passed  away a few years ago. I dedicate this to her and anyone that has dealt with loss. Thank you Ed Sheeran for this track. You can listen to this and the rest of his new album, =, on music streaming services.



Reggie Johnson is an author reigning out of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 9, he found a love for writing while on summer vacation. With influences from music, Reggie has created a rhythmic style of writing to tell his personal experiences and beyond. Reggie has 10 books available on all major online retailers and his work can be seen in various literary magazines. He currently has two columns, Drunken Karaoke featured on Daily Drunk Magazine & REPLAYS featured on The Poetry Question.

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