It was A beautiful day outside, the clouds were like a painting in a frame
The sun giving the clouds a kiss then peaking over their shoulder to illuminate the earth
The sun was searing throughout the day, as it went to take a nap the cool breeze sunk in
I threw open the door. Ran down the steps, my headphones bumping but my legs were sore.
It felt great though, getting back outside and going on a nice jog
Passing through the houses of my childhood. I smiled at that old man everyone in the neighborhood knows
He was watering his greens and making sure his wives flowers were blooming right or else who knows what she throws
the corner houses dog looks at me like a piece of steak, I run a bit faster not taking in a count the fence around the yard
the day couldn’t have gotten any better, hanging with the fam, home cooked food, deserts, and Mario kart
im smiling, the wind rushing through my hair, enjoying the nice breeze of home where everyone makes their start
but who knew it would all fall apart.
As i ran my legs became weak
I felt like stopping.
I started thinking back to the meal we had before
The conversations with my family; I love them…I loved that…I don’t want to continue this workout
I want to head back to the comfort of my home.
So I turned around…
And there he was; tall, dressed in black- in a hoodie that smelled of cigarettes.
He reached inside his pockets;
Tears of fear threatened my sockets.
I thought about running away,
but something told me it would be okay.
I looked into his eyes-
There was fear there: cold, dark, hopeless.
He looks like a familiar face
His pupils were like a boat stranded in the middle of the Pacific.
And then the storm came alive
He jolted towards me, sliced my forehead with a knife
My sweat turned to a redish color of blood dripping from my brow
at this point I tried pushing him, then began running for my life
Then I hear two loud noises and feel a warmth in my lower back
I reach to the sensation with my hand
And As I bring my hand back to my view, streams of red wine colored blood drip from my fingers
And in the blink of an eye, I fall to the ground
He runs away but the police are about to arrive with a sound
He hides right behind a car in the drive way still holding his knife.
I get up, gasping for air, hobbling with every ounce of energy I have
And I walk towards him.
As I limply crawl to the villain I hear the syrains and see the lights
My helpers have arrived but I don’t need them
I see him, Hes scared, hopeless and numb
He yells, don’t get any closer or you are done!
I remember him now, he was my childhood friend
We loved eachother, did everything together
But He always hated me after we changed schools
And there he was now yelling at me, Im gonna take another shot!
And with the last inch of air in my lungs I yell, I forgive you because like me you are his son!
Now You may say im insane you may say Im crazy
That man just shot me but I forgave him
Isn’t it amazing that after hurting me I loved him
He hid from me but I found him
Isn’t that unbelievable, crazy, unimaginable
Well you better believe it cuz that’s what Christ did for you and for me!
When we hurt him, hated him, spit at him, and threw him on a tree
He loved us and said I forgive you
Imagine being him, seeing the ones you love and hoping to be rescued
But they snarl at you like a bloodsick animal looking at food
Would you still love them, look at them as children, and bring them comfort of a father
He saved us from our hurt while we were hurting him
We frouned, he smiled
We threw, he took
We died, he lived
We hated, He loved
And he now smiles at us from above
Were the eagle and hes the dove
We tare apart but he sticthes it right back up with love
We take the needle to his edging but he sticthes it back without an echo
we wanna run but he will never let go
blood doesn’t matter to him
He washed our blood clean
Dried our sweat with a napkin
Looks parallel even when our heads spin
And weve always got his attention
So he calls us to be like that runner
To Turn the other cheek
And Take the blows for His kingdom
And forgive with love, and love with forgivness
So I tell you friends Go on that jog every day and don’t look back
Love until they know it’s a fact
Cuz he loved you and there’s nothing anyone can do to distract.
Joey R. C. Diatte