for Janny

She is so far away from me,

not because of distance,

but because her pain creates a gap so great,

between herself and my attempts to help.

My only instinct is to hold her back,

Keep her from the darkness she so desperately craves.

I wish I knew the words

that would show her that enduring,

however painful,

will lead to eventual relief.

But I don't think there are words,

and if there are,

they hide from me.

All I can do is tell her what I know,

in my own stumbling way,

and when that doesn't work,

the only thing I can do is care,

and wait, and watch, and hope,

that she will one day emerge into truth,

free of pain

into longed-for relief.

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