A Psalm On Viewing the River

if anything happens
if you come for me
keep them from interfering
desperately trying
to tug me
from your grasp.
If I'm far
across the river
where you own shore
and all beyond
don't let them
bring me back
prolonging death
not life
delaying life
that never crosses
unreturning river

(a prayer of Joseph Bayly, from Psalms of My Life)

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