The Murderer

That which could be killed
was put to death.
For a while he wandered,
until all links had withered,
and the soul gathered itself
in silent contemplation.
When next he stepped
into the city of Earth,
he risked his life
to save a man from drowning.
Years later he still wondered
how, the day he pulled
the stranger from the water,
that burdensome feeling
he could never explain
became the urge
to seek the better part
in all he met.

©Klaus Luthardt, 2000


Music opening this page: "Behind Blue Eyes," The Who from the album, "Who's Next"