The Promise

He said, Come with me for a walk.
(that has lasted eighteen years)

He said, We will love.
(that was our wealth)

He said, It’s okay to cry.
(when he wept on my shoulder
the day we put the dog down)

He said, The world grows heavy.
(as I began to carry his burdens)

He said, Take me, Lord.
(as I was placed in the ground)

He said, You waited for me.
(just as I had always promised)