Distant Return
Distant Return

Here, I will be discovered and lost:
Here, I will, perhaps, be stone and silence.

—Pablo Neruda

Someday, out there, on a day like this
in a place I will never see,
where the clearing winds always come
after the storm,
I will arrive nameless
on a distant memory
carrying with me all the best
I gave back to this earth.
All the hope I found
scattered by others
along the roads
I traveled
All the courage that came
unexpectedly when you took my hand
and we cried for those
we could not save
All the love that exposed
the lies I told myself
about who I was
and what I was meant to do
All the faith that came to me
when I saw others
carry these things
into the future.


About the Author

  • The Rev. Stephen Shick is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson. He also served our congregations in Haverhill, MA and Portland, ME. Nationally he served our faith as the founding Director of UU Peace Network and Director of the UU Service Committee...

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