Thursday, September 04, 2008

peter himmelman prose

When justice and mercy have fused into one
When the knots of frustration are finally undone
When all hatred and shame have vanished from sight
I will love you with the love of midnight

When the victim shall stand and the aggressor shall fall
When hunger and fear are unknown to us all
When men aren't divided by black or white
I will love you with the love of midnight

We will stand at the pinpoint between darkness and light
Where the truth is made so plain to see
We will witness the enemies and opposites unite
As our captive spirits run free
When the bearers of injustice are making amends
When the ghosts of all sinners will finally be cleansed
When we throw down our guns refusing to fight
I will love you with the love of midnight

When pride and fortunes cease to be real
When the cold at heart can suddenly feel
When all wars are won by reason not might
I will love you with the love of midnight

We will stand at the threshold the bisecting of worlds
As if at the top of some hill
And out of our blindness we shall have been hurled
Not driven by fear but by will
When the scoffing of cynics is silenced at last
When the eons of pain and suffering have past
When the angels of mercy have taken to flight
I will love you with the love of midnight

When the nations see that they're immeasurably small
Compared to the One who created us all
When the dying of dark meets the waking of light
I will love you with the love of midnight

We will stand at the river where silence collides
With countless generations of screams
Where the mysterious Name which never divides
Gives life to our blood and our dreams
When the veils and their shadows are taken away
We will witness the birth of the immaculate day

To stand in the flashes between darkness and light
Is to love you with the love of midnight

I'm so tired of waiting for it
so tired of praying for it

--
Lyrics from the song "Love of Midnight" by Peter Himmelman

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