The Light Come Down

by Bruce W. Jorgensen


Just a dusty country boy
Praying in the trees,
Knocked out flat and speechless,
Again up on his knees
            And the light come down,
            Lord, the light come down.

Sharper than suns he sweated in,
It slapped that April mud,
It withered the one that threatened him
And stunned him where he stood.
            Yes, the light come down,
            Lord, it did come down.

            And he was just fourteen,
            Mixed up, and read your book
            And took you at your word
            And asked—and Lord,
            You let the light come down,
            O Lord, a comin down.

Old Adam had a farmer's son
And Abraham did too—
All made of mud but you made em good
And brought em home to you,
            For the light come down,
            It always did come down.

So Lord look down on country boys
That stink and puzzle and pray,
And strike the light to blind their sight
And make their night your day.
            O let the light come down,
            Yes, bring the light on down.

And bless you, Lord, for country boys,
Each hungry mother's son
Treading the furrow his father plowed
Just like your single son
            When you and him come down,
            When you the light come down.


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