“Heart, where are you?” I said.
But my voice came back hollow.
“Surely you’re not dead…
Don’t go where I can’t follow.
“Dawn can’t stay always away,
So turn your face to the sky.
Hope can’t stay forever at bay,
Awake; lift your head high.”
Only silence from the depth,
Just as still as before.
But this was life or death,
So I tried once more.
“I need you now more than before.
Without you, I can’t get stronger.
Come back, Heart, I implore,
Hold on just a little longer.
“Listen,” I cried after a fruitless pause,
“You can be healed, though you’re shattered.
Without you, I have no cause.
Be strong; remember what matters.
“A dozen pillars around you may fall,
But God will give grace on grace.
Though cracks lacerate your walls
Naught will shatter your base.”
From far away, a groan,
Out of the dark, a ray,
A trembling heart so long alone
Whispered, “One more day.”
With tears, I sat back, relieved
My words had been headed.
No longer was I grieved;
One more day was all I needed.
Copyright 2018 Meagan Briggs