A Sign of Peace

from Debut by James Delsono



It's been such a long time since I walked in here, this holy church
I'm lost, if just a little, as the altar I approach ...
"Oh Lord, I've let you down; but, at least, now that I'm here,
Oh Lord, my precious guide ... please kindly hear my prayer.

Don't turn me away, oh Lord; in front of you I kneel,
And ready, from my heart, to tell you how I feel;"
The priest looks at me, thinking: "not seen you in a while" ...
I look down for a moment, then at him, trying to smile.

The service has now started; I look, before I pray;
The church fills up with people that come here every day;
The candles burn up brightly, the stunning statues shine;
I look down at the ground below and pray for what is mine.

"I know you're far away, and you did your best to help
This beautiful, round world we call our Mother Earth;
I know it's not your fault that we would rather fight;
But I still pray to you; please don't be back too late."

"Around here, things are tough; the kids have nought to eat;
The wife is working nine to nine and barely gets some sleep;
My pain, you can ignore, for that's not relevant;
This world is torn to pieces, though, isn't that important?"


"I'm sorry it's been so long, my time's been kind of full;
I'm sorry - I've been selfish, but this world's e'er so cruel;
The service's almost ended; I will now fall silent
Please, Lord, do not cast on me judgement ...

But save us from ourselves, this much I beg you, please,
And, with your hands outstretched, give us a sign of peace ...
... a sign of peace."


from Debut, released July 1, 2020


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