Come now and rest

trees and sky

The trees are welcoming me back
and the dust from which I was created
my flesh, failing me from too many nights
no sleep, too many words, not kept
and my lack of care has brought me here

The dirt says–come now, be still
rest here where no one will harm
I am soft and forgiving; I will not push back
when you lay over me seeking rest
your heart stilled by serial killers–

The ones we know, we all know
take your soul and they won’t let go
moving on to others, despite my best effort
to hold them here, but I tired, got so tired
leaves surround me, weaving a blanket

The sky watches, the clouds in their misty wisdom
call upon the Father to bless. I know
He sees all, he sees me, when I long for home
and home’s not best. Don’t fail me now
warm hay, soft fur. Take me back

where I came from, take me back
where I was born, this pure, safe place
bring me back to forest,
and dust and dirt
and home

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

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6 thoughts on “Come now and rest

  1. I am stunned to come upon this meditative desolation and longing to be returned to the elements. Surely, the cup of life runneth full with the selfishness of those who surround us. The verses peter out to a monosyllabic finality, reinforcing the opening thread.

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    1. Thank you, Uma, I have been full of longing…for something lately. Perhaps just too much regret. But I seek peace, and I find it in God’s green world.
      Thank you so much for your throughtful comments….as always

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