I was in a circle of those who
climbed from the sea of their lives
onto the shore of a day like today.
We were tired, alive, aglow, broken.
And out of a sudden silence
a young woman stood and sang
You’ve Got a Friend and when she
voiced, “You just call out my name…
and I’ll be there…” I saw you all.
No vow has meant more to me.
Yet there was the time I couldn’t
get there. And the time I was afraid
to come for some dark reason too
familiar for me to understand.
I am sorry for the wounds my
absence has caused.
We try like birds awakened by a
piercing tone of light to fly to the
sun of each other’s need. And
always wind throws us off.
I am so sorry not to be
what I promised.
But like a whale whose tears
only add to the ocean that slows
him down, I swim to you.
I swim to you.