A lonely soul
As a lost sheep
Whether alone or in a crowd
Emptiness stalks his soul
The haunt of darkened “nothingness” starves the spirit
Fear is muffled and shrouded in a fog
A heavy heart weighs down the body.
There is no light
No song of joy or even gladness
Outward strength quickly fades
Images of self, displayed as a thin veneer
A slight breeze strikes and the image scatters.
A hopeless dilemma indeed
Like a small bird caught in an ugly snare,
Impossible for human effort to seed and sprout
Yet alone blossom and bear good fruit;
The will has become numb
Beyond mere depression,
Only “One” greater than this world, this life, our selves
Can awaken, can rescue
A Name greater, above all
God alone can save such a man with Divine mercy
God alone can save such a woman with Divine compassion
The God who must be there alone can answer this first prayer,
My prayer for life, for help with a caring touch from the Shepherd!
* * *From memories of my college days, a fraternity, athletics and an engineering school; then the military.