Hope

You are
The eternal spring,
The thing with feathers,
The green light across the dock,
God in his heaven listening to prayers

I see you
Sitting next to the gambler,
Waiting with the family in the hospital waiting room,
Walking next to the condemned man,
Kneeling next to the praying mother

I know how you tempt people
With the hallucinations of water in the desert,
With the thought that the next bet will be the winning bet,
That with clemency comes salvation
That if you just pray with all your heart

I have seen how you have left
The gambler with empty pockets,
The mother with a dead child in her arms,
The faithful with their prayers

There they all lie
There we all lie
With nothing more than you by our side

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