Eternal

March 22, 2010

Eternal
by Erin Kilmer

Sometimes
eternity is just a breath
away.
I feel it right
there—just beyond what I can
touch and taste and smell.
Its joy fills
me and overwhelms
with expectation
sometimes.

Sometimes
eternity is a matter
of fear.
I skirt around its reminders
of my mortality, of my
dust, my wood,
hay, stubble clung to
in foolish desperation
sometimes.

Sometimes
eternity is far
away from my earthly grasp.
I long for rest
of promises fulfilled—no
more tears, pain.
I crave Him
present with me,
lighting my universe
sometimes.

Yet always,
eternity is just a breath
away.
I wander so foolishly
far from my hope
of heaven, of everything.
I am never far
away from the One who came
down from eternity to live
within me
always.

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