July 1986


you sit aside

surrounded by your pain

a wall without relief

too sudden the clouds descend

in hordes too great to count

you sit aside

in your darkened world

begging for a light


walking by, I see you there

and in sympathy I pause

waiting, knowing…thinking

thinking, I walk on

and pause again to pray

and thus relive my guilt

beset by devils of my own

I care not to take the time

to rid you of your pain


forgive me please, for what Ive failed to do

I know it must be you I serve

Ive been called to this by God

forgive me please, and give me prayer

that Ill not fail again


forgive me,



You Sit Aside
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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