Saturday, April 2, 2016

when it happens

"We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. "
Thomas Merton
when it happens,
will I feel the dark waters
seep into my lungs, hear the silence
pour thickly through my ears,
taste the bitterness
of uncried

I've heard how it rattles
as it jimmies locked doors
searching for any opening
to surprise sleeping cells,
the innocent

As the wave washes through my mind
Will I feel terror
as I flee
to higher

Or will I quit
this tragic trip just
seconds ahead of death's cold grip,

and ascend to you,
slender and
and new?

(31 Oct 2012)