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