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ofblessingsi

she carried
every tear
outside her heart
a withering corsage
against her skin
held such deep conviction
ache to recognize
a name or two
– a lifetime
unforgot

a time before
this burden come –
to lay aside
the rest
would give of faith
a place within her bed

beneath
a sky of mirrors
windows burned with light
a faraway
brought nearer
by the pain

take charge
the tongue to harness –
a bitterness to chide
or shoes
– you’d never wear
their sorrows out

forgiveness
for the sake
of who you’ll be
when comes the dawn –
held within redemption
by her love

. . .