The Burning Covenant

Do you fear it?

What breathes beyond this world’s veil

Do you think of it?

Or are thoughts of it beyond the pale?

Do you have love for it?

The actions and movements of your life

Are you at peace with it?

Or does considering it cause you strife

Will you pray for me?

In those moments when you do

Will I reciprocate?

This I wish to do for you

If the bullets fly

Will you hold my hand?

If the rains wash us away

Can we drag each other to land?

Will you remember my name?

When you slowly come awake

You say you wish to start anew?

I give you my name and heart to take

Let us come to new terms

Define ourselves in different ways

Let us make a new covenant

And set the long broken one ablaze

Gene G. McLaughlin 2017