I have been climbing along
this sodden pathway at night,
empty and void of all light -
weak earth believed to be strong.
Miles to go and behind,
Miles that stretch like a stream,
Widened by floods of a dream
Lengthened by tears that remind.
Render the person inside,
an image that no one sees:
stalwart beauty and bride.
Etched on a wayward soul
the time to begin has come
and after the rain, there's sun;
then, paid in full is your toll.