lost and lingering in the recesses of darkness,
come close now
to the fire of unconditional love,
so that I may see your sad and shameful faces.
I sense that I know you,
you who have been unworthy and lonely
for so long.
Let me cup your tarnished cheeks in my culpable hands
and look upon the fear in your eyes,
the cuts on your skin,
and the bruises on your
tiny, precious hearts.
Can you allow me to hold you now, dear ones?
The ones I have sent out to be raw and wild and all alone,
the ones I have said are not welcome here,
the ones I have discarded
in my own apprehension for deeper understanding.
You, who bare the burden
of all the pain,
come and be near the fire for once,
the fire of unconditional love.
Let it warm your face and
melt your cold and aching.
Please, please, please
allow me now, at this late hour,
to welcome you in.
To finally hold and behold all of you
orphans of my heart.
let us all sit down by the fire
and be warm...