a thief’s plea

by Jeff Rainwater, 9 March 2017, Cheyenne, WY

“the opposite of the word remember is not forget, it’s dismember. Chop, chop, chop. Remember means to put back together again.”
-Andre Dubus III [1]

‘Lord, remember…’
What will I be,
O Lord,
if you forget?

Not much now
nor in my past.
Destined to die
hanging on wood.
Nothing left.
No one stands
under my cross
weeping.

Not one.

You —
my only prayer.
This —
my only plea,
‘Lord, remember me
when you come
into your kingdom.’ [2]

“Today,”the reply,
nothing no more,
now remade,
“you will be with me
in paradise.”

[1] quote found in https://brevity.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/writing-the-pain-memoirists-on-trauma-and-memory/
[2] Luke 23:42

photo from stations of the cross at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Carlton, Oregon ( The Scriptural Stations of the Cross | Trappist Abbey )

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