A cowboy sporting a stetson
Said “Pilgrim, you just passing through?
Now you find yourself here my friend
what is it you plan to do?”
“I’m not sure” I replied
“there’s a lot I don’t understand,
so I thought I’d pay a visit,
find out-what truly makes a man!”
“Sure” smiled the stranger
“Just have a look around
You’ll find many ghosts from your past
residing in this town…
“Some folks that have hurt you
others you’ve caused pain!
If you had your time again
things would be the same”
“Really!” I retorted, “That’s disappointingly lame…”
“You see son you’re not at the Gates of Hell
nor in Paradise…
But if you’ve time to listen?
I’ll give some good advice
To stop you from growing bitter as you hit old age
free from hate and anger that keeps you living in a cage!
“The secret, just show mercy
infinite Love, forgiveness, grace
Never ever bare a grudge
Learn to turn the page…
For what is truly in your heart
will show upon your face…”
“Thank you, Sir” I nodded
“Those words have reached my soul
like seeds that I will nurture
whose fruit will make me whole…”
With those words, I left him
began my journey home….
M C Bolton May 2020