this road whereupon we agree
by Elizabeth de Barros
Let me walk with you,
this road will take us places.
“But it’s long, my view is obscured, I cannot see…”
Then we will take turns following.
(And we also have found this to be true: Agreement is formed in times of need)
If you have borne the burden in the heat of the day
driven like a madman for mercy’s sake
gathered up a bowl of ginkgo leaves
and seen winter’s bruisings pass into spring
— and if I witnessed your faith when you prayed,
“Perhaps healing will come anyway” —
then you have proven something to me:
Persistence is a hand that reaches up
and guidance too is a term that forms,
burrowing deep in the conscience —
Where, at last,
faith is home
and this then is our evidence:
Such were the steps we took
(intentionality can be painstaking, if not starkly beautiful)
knowing we’ll meet again
but for now
as we watch the swan circle
and the sun through the willow
as it weeps
locked at the hip
moving like Jacob
until the road parts in two.
Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
— Amos 3:3
©2014 Elizabeth DeBarros