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Leave The World In Light

You can give what’s been given
A thousand times over
The gift of itself will repeat
Reuse its body as a vessel
Meant to be shared with many
Until finally the cup of itself
Bleeding from so much mercy
Runs dry

It is here we face forgiveness
Because we have used the
One true object that was meant for us
And we gave it no name
Just the spit from our tongues
Baptizing the sacrifice of its order
In the chaos of our world

The emptiness…
The way it was left behind
Left for us to gather
Like pieces of scattered clothes
Or the shards of our bedroom mirror
Still reflecting our spirits back
To the sun eternally setting
It settles into us
The chords of its own music
Left feral deep within
What was left of us to keep as our own

We allowed the night to claim us
Because here
Afterwards
Forever
The candle has gone out
And we wait for the smoke of its
Surrendered body to reignite
To warm the ash of our own tongues
And speak fire

We understood that in this darkness
Not even silence can rule
And we took within us
The importance
Of our own misunderstanding
And gave it breath
Wailing
Strings and drumbeat cacophonies
Until finally the world became
The disjointed cry of music
Spilled and overflowing into nothing

God…
Must have forgotten us
But still we prayed
We cast aside stone alters
And settled for the ground beneath our feet
To raise ourselves up
The lamb
Lacerated and emptied
Bleeding not of itself
But of many
And in the words that held the crux
Of some ancient weariness unfolded
We conjured something that had been stilled
To finally lift its ragged body and move

And in this movement
Silence came back to us
Light
Frail and beautiful lifted its fragile wing
And shined for us
We began to know ourselves again
And we gave the vessel
The beautiful unclaimed womb
Its own identity
Take within…and let it go

And in this process
We left the world in light

Leave The World In Light

lolowe

Rockaway Beach, United States

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