Somber

Somber
We sit in silence
As a quiet trembling passes through us
Knowing there is nothing to be said
Aching for something we never knew we lost
Asking for silent contemplation
Hiding in plain sight

I had never watched a grown man break before
Had never seen someone mirror my heart so
This soul has seen things
There are stories to be told

Wondering if it is time to share my own story
A longing for unknown community
Secrets ready to be revealed
Is this peace within me due to my chaos being absorbed?
Yet my heart still goes out to you
Are you ready to listen?

Whispers will penetrate a dark place
There is no need to be afraid anymore
Feel what you need to
A gentle giant
You were created

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When a Stranger Speaks Your Name

I’ll rest in this a while
Although I’m not sure what this is
A stranger passing spoke my name
Without ever saying a word

I find myself unable to move
Carrying a weight of a land that I never knew was home
My heartbeat is this rhythm
The beat of the rain on the roof over my head

There is a love here that took me away
A longing that aches for a return that is on its way
Could you ever know it?
Wake up and hear this song

These words slap you across the face
Yet gently tuck you into bed
Somewhere safe to lay your head
As you belong here

A welcoming with open arms
An unexpected arrival
A pasture to lay down in
Sectioned off fields of fairness

Floating through every step
As if a ghost lives inside of me
Maybe it’s time to start listening
When strangers call my name

Whispers of warmth tracing across the cracks in this cobblestone heart
Hearing angels pulling at the seams
Take off your coat and feel the mist
Be ready to experience a homecoming

You don’t have to know where you are
In order to know that this foreign land is your home
Your entire life you have been on holiday
Let the prodigal return

Ireland waited for you
Embraced you in her loving arms
Not ready to let you go
Hear her in the whispers of strangers