battleground

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

you were so far away there inside my breathing space
i reached for you with all my might
and though your skin was warm and i felt your heartbeat
i couldn’t pull you from the whirlwind
from far away you heard my words and nodded
spoke agreeing words but i could see
there was only darkness and chaos within your view
your consent to life slid away moment by moment
eroding faster than i knew how to build it
helpless i felt your belief in the lies
and i wanted to scream to wave my arms about
to demand that they release you this very instant
but you wouldn’t you couldn’t let go
so they held you
tighter than i knew how to do
so far away

from far away inside your breathing space
i reached for Him with all my might
i could not break your chains
but i know the One who holds all the keys
freedom! i breathed against your skin into the fold of your neck
hovering, covering, calling on the only Name
greater than the darkness that pinned you down
and held that razor thin barrier between us
i couldn’t stop reaching though it held me at bay
and you couldn’t see past all the lies to reach out
for rescue
so they held you
tighter than i knew how to do
so far away

yet in the hours of the night
we waited, curled together
far away though still inside that breathing space
separated but together, unforgotten, not alone
in early dawn the wall came down the darkness lifted
and once again you were warm and near
there with me inside our breathing space
darkly bruised where chains had done their work
bleeding yes and slightly haunted yet
there with me there with me there with me
hope danced and we smiled and sang a little
knowing He held you
tighter than i knew how to do
and it was good

karen buchanan

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