A Prayer for Mercy

 

Emotions always fall away.

Dried flower petals on the table.

I am born to be swept away,

by a new tide,

on a new day.

 

Oh, Lord;

just let me sleep.

Don’t hang me on

another carnival attraction.

I’ve been gone

a thousand times,

and I

have always come back home.

 

I have craved

every stage,

every place,

and every distraction.

Wanted every lover

for my own.

Left them all

in the past.

Here comes another breaking wave.

I thought that I had grown immune.

 

Oh, God;

don’t let it end this way.

I don’t want to be

cold and far away.

I have loved,

and I have been loved.

I’ve known pleasure.

I’ve known pain.

 

I’ve come so far,

and gone back some.

Won it all,

and lost again.

Now I’m drowning

in indecision,

lost emotions,

impossibilities.

I can take

losing it all,

but not one of these.

 

I guess,

this is a prayer for mercy,

that I’m not sure that I deserve.

So, if these words

survive until tomorrow,

I pray they will be heard.

 

 

HG – 2020

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