numb

i’m afraid
     i’m losing
          my humanity
too often said
     i’m sorry
          for your loss
too frequent
     the empathy
          for innocents
fallen

wish to comfort
     hope to save
          but words
fall hollow

as we march unto
     our waiting graves
          tears run dry
no more
     questioning why

is the numbness
     my protection
          is the echo
god’s rejection

why is despair
     overwhelming
          where did i lose
the hope to bear

somewhere in the
     white space
          between life and death

i fear
     i lost
          myself

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