bells at night

photo by Nicole Barchilon Frank May 5, 2012, Pacific Ocean around sunset
photo by Nicole Barchilon Frank May 5, 2012, Pacific Ocean around sunset

I heard the bells at night
the valley deep
the darkness complete

my fear was there
I sat with the stars
on the available chair

It took an hour
to get back here
not a great distance
but I am slow

weighed down
bent low
breathing hard
hoping for another chance

I cried for Issac
I cried for Shira
Felt incomplete
and all the ways I lack

I ache
I hear the crickets
feel the cool breeze
long for
long for

more

more time
to find the way
to offer
to fill the gap
make up the slack
hearken back
repair where

where I can
where there is
room and a warm
palm
pressed into mine

kissing, working hard
and holding on

mending

© Nicole Barchilon Frank September 4, 2012