All my sins rise up before my eyes
And choke the light with memories of black.
These acts of mine I never can take back
The lusts, the hates, the snobbery, the lies
And simply you reply “Peace be with you.”
I stand accused with nothing but the truth.
Thus I thought, desired, spoke and did.
These acts were mine and more, I am sure, lie hid
Buried in the subconscious of my youth.
But your only word to me, “Peace be with you.”
Hidden sins I cannot even bring
Before the accuser, hungry for my faults.
Unknown and festering in dark submental vaults
They lie in wait, and to my soul they cling.
But your command to me, “Peace be with you.”
New life, new love, new hopes send down the blade
Through the water’s shallow clarity
Below the shine of surface charity
Plunging into the murk I’ve left unsaid.
And sharply you remind me, “Peace be with you.”
Who knows what lives down there in all that silt?
The water’s peaceful surface boils in fright,
I blame the dredge for what it brings to light,
And still you plunge the blade in to the hilt
And fiercely promise me, “Peace be with you.”
For this you came, to bring the sword of peace
With wounded healing hands through silent war.
Prying, cutting, searching the very core,
Taking away so that you may increase
My hope. My only hope. “Peace be with you.”