I asked for God

and I got only faith

I asked for death

got only disease

I asked for faith

and was given rain

I asked for belief

and got only belief

I asked for water

got salt and sea

I asked for home

and got only a place

nowhere near here

I asked to return

to what was gone

and was given heaven

I prayed for heaven

and got only stars

I asked for wine

got only blood

I asked for blood

and got only God

washing stained hands

I asked for miles

and got these feet

making their way

cross the wide and the deep

I begged for rest—-

and got only sleep

by Kevin Young