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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: A Lonely Tree
By erick perez
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Emerges loudly as I stride,
I go nowhere. No one to meet,
No one to walk along my side.
The wind howls loudly at my ear,
As winter flakes crash at my face.
No single voice for me to hear,
I trod alone with an empty embrace.
I trod alone. I trod forlorn.
For no one cares to take the trip.
Across these frigid mountains I mourn,
Into despair deeper I slip.
Across the storm of snow and pain,
Above the mountains and the hurt.
A single pine still does remain,
Against the wind with all effort.
Hope then rises in my chest,
Can it be that one can stand,
Against the anguish and the test,
And the loneliness of a barren wasteland?
I race towards this tree of hope
Wishing to find there vigor.
To face the problems and to cope,
And in this war, to be the victor.
I run and fall and run and fall,
As wind and storm and pain protest,
Yet I must proceed and never stall,
So, though alone, onward I press.
I reach this wooden tower of trust,
And cling onto it with all my might.
Again I feel myself robust,
Again I can lift my sight.
I look around and feel no cold,
No wind, no ice, no snow.
But then the silence does unfold,
As a piercing cry echoes.
It comes from there atop the tree,
That now, with a cross, has been replaced.
The man, though bleeding, looks at me,
With love and mercy on his face.
He raises his face towards the Heavens,
And asks the Father to forgive
He gives his life in compassion,
So that you and I might live.
I wander aimlessly no more,
The freezing mountsí and hills,
Though sometimes like before,
I still can feel its chill.
But it is in those moments,
That my mind remembers Him,
Who put aside his vengeance,
And pardoned all my sins.
I say, Speak not loneliness,
So slyly in my ear.
Withhold your words of bitterness,
For HE is ever near.
Old ball and chain of Falsehood,
Your time has reached its end,
For I rejoice in brotherhood,
United by HIM, my one, true Friend
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