“How Long Is Forever?”

I know of such an awful thing
That makes me want to cry.
And once again I’m asking
Oh God, in Heaven, why?

Some lives are changed forever-
They’ll never be the same.
They’ll carry grief forever
And always feel to blame.

Today at early evening
Before the darkness fell,
I went to look beyond my porch
To see if all was well.

The autumn leaves have fallen,
The woods are deep but clear.
I can see our mountain town
And its lights from over here.

It’s very calm and peaceful
‘Cept some rustling in the leaves-
I pierce the darkening stillness
And see the deer beneath the trees.

They’re beautiful and agile,
I watch for quite a while.
They make the scene so simple
And tempt me so to smile.

I felt content and happy
But then remembered grief.
The deer knew nothing of it
So journeyed on among the leaves.

In standing here, I’m guilty
Of wanting to forget
Someone else’s sorrow-
And sure I’ll pay a debt
For wanting to be happy
And grateful mine are well-
But how can that be so,
When they are still in hell.

How long is long enough
To mourn the loss of those
Who can’t be called my ‘very own’-
But yet I surely know.

What would Heaven want of me?
What would be correct?
I will mourn their loss forever
And my heart will not forget.


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