I Wait

I wait.

I am getting better at it;

Been doing it a long time.

 

At first,

didn’t know what for.

Not knowing was hard.

 

At first lasted a long time,

much of my life.

Like staring into a void, hearing emptiness

Wondering like Peggy Lee,

Is that all there is?

                                            Like a diet of melancholy for the melancholic.

 

                                             What came first,

                                             the chicken or the egg,

the melancholic or the melancholy?

Ok. Time to put this aside

Aside.

 

I still wait, but

Now I know.

Knowing was oddly sudden and gradual;

it still is.  But there is no void; I hear a voice,

regularly,

daily,

often more often:

 

But those who wait on the Lord

shall renew their strength.

They shall mount up with wings like

eagles.

They shall run and not be weary.

They shall walk and not faint.

 

I wait.

It’s okay.

Grateful for the time.

 

* Is That All There Is? Recorded by Peggy Lee; written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.  Released in 1969 on Capitol Records.

© Byron L. Hannon, 2019.  All rights reserved to text content except otherwise noted.

 

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