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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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I Can Only Pray

 

they cannot give you back

what has been lost

during the ebbs and flows

in the colors and shades of life

 

those words i spoke to you

as i covered you in a green sheet

and as I saw your last struggle

for life challenging His order

we talked in groups, and in pairs, and in private

while your attempts fell, then failed

i saw cracking roofs, breaking skies

the fragmented Earth,

your soul looking for a place to rest

 

darkness engulfed the day

my shaking hands lifted

in search of consolation,

my heart was a cracked bowl

 

i pray for your safe journey to eternity

What more can I do?

 

        - Gopal Prasad Bashyal

 

 

(In memory of my brother-in-law who died recently.)