April 16, 2012

Dallas Wiebe

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2003

Tomorrow everything will be all right.
I’ll come to the cemetery
      and bring you home.
I’ll prepare for you a meal
      of oranges, apples and peanut butter on bread.
I’ll pour you a glass
      of carbonated water.
While you eat,
I’ll tell you how lonely I am.
I’ll tell you how empty my life is.
I’ll tell you that prayer changes nothing.
You’ll tell me about the darkness
      and how you like my flowers.
You’ll tell me about the cold
      and the endless hours.
You’ll tell me how much
      you miss your family.
I’ll tell you I’ll come soon
      to join you,
      not to be impatient.
You’ll say,
      “Don’t hurry.”

from Rattle #25, Summer 2006
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