Are You There?

by Karen McRae

If I should pick and unpick my way across
torn dreams spun tight over long years,
if I collect the fragments and bones and artifacts
and examine them diligently
for signs and omens,
is it enough?
Shall I find you again?

If I should search the wide, wild world,
from the withering Sahara to the swarming Amazon,
If I salt the lakes with yearning tears
and pepper the roads with tender promises,
until all my breath is ragged
and I am wracked with pain,
is it enough?
Shall I find you again?

If I should aim for the distant speck on the violet horizon,
if I should run true and straight towards you,
if I walk an extra mile or two in someone else’s shoes,
in everyone else’s shoes,
If I am fast and bold and faithful,
If I am brave and strong and good,
is it enough?
Shall I find you again?

Are you there?

6 months ago