across that bridge
- Across that bridge
Running through the thinning fog I stumbled, damp from the dew and at a loss to explain why I was lost in this mist, yet I knew that life's woe was an obscene illusion. Before me unfolded a path in the wilderness, designed by the divine but taboo and maligned by men of science and inane desires for gold. Renewed by the signs and sane again, I seized with ease the inner voices that persisted in my madness as I walked on into all that exist; free. I grew under a sky of blue. My pains, life's shames, were healed. The breeze blew on my skin, as a line of pine trees danced upon the ridge above the valley, looking like a spine of some living green shrine. Birds flew and sang, arias of routine and serene clues to the heaven within, only to be revealed in truth's hue.
An old poet subdued by my own choices, I sought, as I seek still, to obtain arcane power over Ceasar's mundane domain, by praying to appease Gods above and below. Skyclad rites uphold tales of old told to these Gods both Greek and Irish in fields along the seas. I declined Karma's cost to define me, though I know my debts have come due; my fate sealed. So, behold I stand ready to yield, humbled by this waking dream. In vain I crumble at the feet of the fear I feel of the surrender that is required; mine.
Sins tease the Soul as the rising sun kissed a crystal castle that shined amid the middle of free flowing lake. Across the rainbow bridge awaits Valhalla's bold warriors, refined by the battles inside. While they entertain old fat dogs with odes of combat and wines fresh from the vine, they call me to join them. Naked as the day I was born, I stood at the foot of the legionary span knowing the answers to all my questions awaited across that bridge.
But alas I awoke here by old Galveston bay, alone and lost in responsibilities and desires.
As my dream played and replayed through my memories I knew I had grew within,
so now I draw my bow back on strings of hopes and sing songs of what lies beyond that bridge.
Papa G © Saturday, July 24, 2004
George "Papa" G.
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