I cannot Be among strangers

I cannot Be among strangers

I cannot Be among strangers

I cannot be among strangers
I need an invitation
to be redeemed
and we all – all – must be redeemed
free from sin we must be
delivered, pardoned and born again
from not being allowed
to not needing permission
Space is essential
Sometimes the slightest shift will
Accommodate what was thought to be immovable
To what is utterly weightless
I cannot thrive among strangers.
No-one can.

March 1994