forsaken

by Jeff Rainwater, 6 March 2017, Cheyenne, WY

“My God, my God,
why have you
forsaken me?”

Words never spoken
for myself in this
sheltered life I live.
There has never
been need.

Yet too often I have
need to cry:

My God, my God,
Why have I
forsaken you?

Which is the deeper cut —
Shame or abandonment?
There is a lightness
the righteous heart
knows the guilty
heart never will.

So I fall
upon my knees
and beg to the
Forsaken,

“Lord, have mercy,
upon me, a
sinner.”

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