When You avert Your beautiful eyes –
I flicker like a candle.
When You turn away Your lovely face –
I wilt like a flower.

When Your soft voice is silent –
I fade like faint music.
When You withdraw Your radiant presence –
night falls on my languishing soul
and leaves me clothed in shadows.

When You hide in darkness –
I grope, I stumble, I ache, I pine, I suffer;
weighed down by leaden tears, weakened by
the piercing arrows of Your absence,
my heart can barely bleed
a mournful, beseeching whisper.

When You seem gone –
I would die,
fall face down on the ground and die,
but for knowing
behind all storm-clouds
the sun is still

November 2012