and i am

you tell of times as we drink red wine


i remember, holding in the years, flowing out tears.

i ask what i fear, why you have me near?

you answer with names, friends now with you.

Mary Magdalene, prostitute, friend, free.

Simon Peter, radical, political, freedom fighter, friend, free.

Zacchaeus, tax collector, thief, social reject, friend, free.

then among your friends, names, common brokenness, you name me.

and i am friend, free.