Not To Sleep


I close my eyes
not to sleep

I close my eyes
to visualize
My Lord and Savior

I do not see a face
no picture exists
unknown
what he looks like

when I close my eyes
I see shadows
none define
I know,
My Lord and Savior
is somewhere
beyond
I pray, “Our Father”
I talk to Him
hoping
He will materialize

I close my eyes
not to sleep

I close my eyes
to die
as breathing becomes shallow
my heart beats its last
my Spirit guides me
where shadows
now define
where there is no
darkness
I see the face of
Jesus
etched forever
in my mind

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