Well, why do you pause?
Come - get it over with.
Finish the thing, and be done.
I can't see you,
but I know you are there.
I can feel you...
I've been waiting for you,
and finally you arrive,
but you wait... you hold back,
Did you think I would tremble?
Do you want me to fear?
Perhaps you expect me to plead,
or pray or repent or cry out...!
Step out from the shadows,
and claim your prize.
I won't turn my back,
I won't turn away.
I'll stand here and watch you
as you draw closer to me.
Is it a game for you,
that you always win?
Because you do win, you know,--
There's just no way you can lose.
But this time, just maybe,
it's a little bit different?
Because I'm not playing your game.
I won't go by your rules,
and I won't accept the idea
that you "win" and I "lose."
Oh, that will happen, I know,
but it is only a loss to me,
if I allow myself to call it that.
But I won't, because I don't see it that way.
You still haven't shown yourself...
Your presence is stronger,
and I wait for you,
but you are finding out
that it is hard to intimidate someone
when they refuse to cooperate.
You are to be respected,
and I acknowledge that completely.
But you have no right to be feared,
and you have no right
to cause someone to bow before you,
and beg at your approach...
It isn't a dignified way at all,
and it isn't what anyone should do.
I have simply come to the end of the run,
and I can look back over the trail
and see the hills and valleys,
the twists and flats,
and I know where it went well,
and I see where I made my mistakes.
Life is learning, and trying,
and it was to me to do my best,--
and now there is no more to do.
So I am here, now,
waiting for you.
I don't know how long I have been waiting,
but I am patient, and eventually
I know you will have to step out from the shadows.
When you finally do,
I will still be standing here, waiting,
and I am unafraid...
because I have been there before.
I am ready to return.
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