Your children ran ahead down
woodland trails      always waited
laughing     at forks for your nod
always settled within the comfort
of your soothing songs
as you showed them the sky

I know    the contrary paths
they’re now choosing     tear
at you     & how they’re distracted
by shiny stones down in the dirt
with no God-vision    or sense
of all you long to share

I ponder    how I    not bitten
by the worm that gnaws your soul  
can know a thing     for my hurt
is not the same     & you
blame yourself   for the dry land
devoid of music   where they wander