Known you better

I wanted to know you better.

Listening as choices revealed your life.

Hearing failures and their plights.

How hope filled empty nights.

Yes, witness your face’s collections.

Eyes wide in search, 

mouth with responses perched.

See the furrows of time unfold, 

as we each grow old.

I wanted to know you better.

What justified anger and might.

Where you sought Liberty, and why.

Welcomed strangers treated each even.

Willingly taught adults to read and reason.

Seasons not long enough last, as you hold life’s class.

Then, all to soon the decades and you pass.

Fingers, frail, press paper to ink efforting your story to tell.

Silenced, memory your efforts fail.

I wanted to know you better.

Looking at your image on the wall.

Hearing your voice when others call.

Thirsting for heavens taste.

Not a breath on earth did you waste.

Confessing Christ love as your grew.

His story to any and all you knew.

And a few, you you’ve never known.

But on each, your faith has grown.

I wanted to know you better. 

I do.

W.A.Manning©2017

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