forgiven (i wish)

i rise through the mist of having died
returned from this
the only way for real forgiveness

death

i gather everyone i ever loved together
to tell them all
of my boundless love that defined me

and this i tell each one
in the brightest sunshine
each one before all the others

i wish you had been at the end of every ride
i wish you had been at the end of every book
i wish you had been at the end of every song
i wish you had been at the end of every day
i wish you had been at the end of every waking

the end of every thing of my life
with you
would have been the beginning and being
of every thing that shines

i wish you had been at the end of every

we sit together at this table
so that they may share this meal of me
as i watch and marvel

forgiven

—P.L. Thomas

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