You searched for me But could not find me. You turned over every stone And every boulder In vain attempt to locate me. But I was not there. You hiked every mountain, Swam across lakes and oceans; But I was not there. You spent your last dime On a flight to the ends of the earth, Trying to bring me home. But you couldn't bring home The one you couldn't find. I was always two steps ahead, Hiding where I knew you'd eventually look, But long gone before you actually got there. You searched for me But couldn't find me. And still I ran. Until I looked behind my shadow And realized you were not there. You had given me up to my flight. Head drawn in weary exhaustion, You went home, Sat down as the sun rose— A new day. And I waited for you to get up and follow me, But you were still and quiet And now immovable. "Listen," you whispered. "Do you hear the whippoorwill's call? "Can you feel the sun's warmth? "Just sit a moment here, will you?" Two steps ahead I had been... Until I sat with you as the sun rose. And I looked at your face turned toward the light, How your eyes were closed And your mouth drawn up at the corners In the slightest of smiles. And then your hand was covering mine— Fingers interlocking. And I was done running.
You searched for me But found me when you stopped looking.