There is mystery in life

There is mystery in life
And the myth trees that we grow
can go only so far
to set our dark aglow

                but the candle born in me
                and the candle born in you
                may be just the touches needed
                to torch some pilgrim’s view
                  go and glow, touch and torch

there is mystery in life
and our time from birth to death
is a vulnerable variable – hanging –
on each and every breath

                but the stillborn child’s silence
                and the centenarian’s last gasp
                are both righteous, beautiful truths
                God alone can fully graph
                  Go and glow, touch and torch

there is mystery in life
tears of joy join sorrow’s tears
and our faith is sorely tested
by our pains, our doubts, our fears

                but nothing – nothing –
                now or later
                nothing – nothing –
                great or small
                can separate us eternally
                from God’s love
                surrounding all
                  Go and glow, touch and torch

 

Written after a friend lost her newborn daughter in the 1980’s

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