Holding On

The weight of life and death
Feels heavy on my neck
Grief brands my heart
And sears my soul
Days and nights stretch out
Long before me
Passing all too quickly
Light spills across the sky
And fades to inky darkness
As I blink and yawn
Mustering the courage
To face another day
I’m caught in moments
That seem to last forever
Pain always clouding
The sky of my consciousness
Rains down
Sharp
Icy
Hot
Wet
Flooding my face
Falling unimpeded
From my eyes

Comfort
Relief
Redemption
Look a long way off
As I struggle to believe
Perhaps my tears
In some way serve
To water this arid landscape
I’ve tried to make
Look like home

Wandering through the night
As I lie in my bed
Aching
Broken
Discomfited
My eyes see little beyond
The black
Hours before dawn
While I wonder
I doubt
I fear
I find
A flicker
A tiny kernel
A seed that promises
One day
To blossom into hope

In an instant
Or an hour
Or a hundred years
Today
As light breaks over the horizon
I know
I can hold on
Just a while longer
Waiting for hope to flourish
For joy to be in season
Because
Love
Still
Holds
Me

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