I’ll Turn Away My Head

My soul lay squirming,
too chagrinned
to look my way or speak.
Your light’s too harsh,
my soul declaimed,
for playing hide and seek.

This comes as a surprise to me,
these parts of you, I said.
You all can play
now that you’re here.
I’ll turn away my head.

There’s more to come,
my soul pronounced,
as if I didn’t know–
as if I didn’t have a heart,
as if my pulse were slow.

I know I said
I loved you well
when you were just a lad.
The ages come, the ages go,
you take your time, be sad.

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