THE VALLEY

by Beth Hanson

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I live in the hills, you live in the valleys
And all that you know are these blackbirds

You rise every morning
Wondering “what in the world will the world bring today?”
Will it bring you joy or will it take it away?
And every step you take is guided by the love of the light on the land
and the blackbird’s cry

You will walk, you will walk
You will walk in good company

The valley is dark – the burgeoning holding
The stillness obscured by their judging
You walk through the shadows – uncertain and surely hurting
Deserted by the blackbirds and the staccato of the staff
And though you trust the light towards which you wend your way
Sometimes you feel all that you wanted has been taken away.

You will walk, you will walk
You will walk in good company

I love the best in you – you love the best in me
though it’s not always easy, lovely? lonely?

We will walk, we will walk
We will walk in good company

The Shepherd upright and flowing – you see.

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