Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: This Side of Paradise (not about the book) (07/14/11)
TITLE: Road to Paradise
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
asks the traveler.
ďNot yet, my child.
The road ahead is very long,
with mountains to climb,
rivers to ford,
and valleys to travel through.
Youíll rest in pleasant fields
with amiable companions
and dance to music
only you can hear
as you journey along.
Youíll pass through storms
where strong winds blow,
and youíll trip in rough places and fall,
but when your strength will waver,
it is then that Iíll carry you.
When whatís before you is obscured
by fog or darkest night,
and you canít find your direction,
Iíll guide you with my hand
upon your shoulder.
Youíll gather bouquets of roses,
feeling petals of velvet
and breathing in sweetest perfume,
not noticing the thorns
until they pierce you.
With pebbles in your shoes
and rainbows overhead,
youíll stride along with purpose
to reach your destination
in the days of your wayfaring.
If you keep looking straight ahead,
neither turning aside for bright lights
nor being deterred by savage beasts,
you will not lose your way
as you sojourn on this road.
Just follow the signs Iíve given
to reach the other side.
My gate is open wide,
and the price of your entrance is paid
for an eternity with me in Paradise.Ē
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