Rather This

I would rather invest in one life

Feel the wet of its tears

The jolly pitch of its laugh

Use what strength is in these arms

To bear up the fainting frame

Catch a dream or two

From its repertoire

Hear a memory disclosed

That only a trusted one might fathom

Or ever get to hear

“In confidence”.

What a marvelous, bracing term

Of responsibility.

Rather have all of this

Than keep the juggled balls in the air

Partially satisfying

A bucket-full of acquaintances

Who have not the time

Or hunger, or honesty

For real engagement.

They come…they go

They flit, they flee.

But not you, my Man

My steel, my storehouse

Of belonging.*


(*As John the Beloved might have spoken to Jesus of Nazareth)


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Married and father of two. Living in Waterloo, Ontario. Workplace health and safety professional. Blogger. Poet. Nature hiker. History buff. Inspirational writer. Newsboy for Jesus.

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