November 1989


For the Geleynses


once long ago

when shadows danced

our prayers flew to God

lest the shadow of your lives

turn leaden


years passed

tears came

as did joy


and now

the dance moves heavy

too many tears

for any to bear alone

laughter only a dream

freedom from pain

and fear

a ghost

blown by autumn winds

harsh and cold

and twisting quick


again our prayers ascend

to the heart of our life

that yours may be nourished

that the hands that formed this earth

and hold it

strengthen you in the storm

so wind may blow

fierce and cold

and not harm you

so you will remain

with us

in Him


For the Geleynses
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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