A lifetime spent forging ahead,
Ever closer to the raging river.
Tumultuous and wrought with fear
I approach the fjord fraught with peril.
I squint to spy a shore
The bank far too distant to see.
What awaits–Oh that is the question
Asked before, asked again eternally.
Its in the book of Testament Old and New,
Torah, Pistis Sophia, Koran among the few.
Through the ages told to look, to believe
And yes! Ye shall find what ye need,
But it is not so clear, nor has it ever been,
I can’t know what awaits on that far off shore.
Trusting there is more than what I’ve seen,
Like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night
I must trust, I must believe through faith I will live,
For without what is left, but a story with a tragic end.
This cannot, must not be, never created nor destroyed,
I have been forever and will be forever more.
Mortal science has proven the mystics of yore,
There must be life,yes–I must live when I cross the river
As spirit abandons the bodies mortal core.
With each step I take, another step closer,
Sooner than later I will know, I will see what awaits;
Try as we may we cannot escape our human fate.
A fate long sealed by Adam’s rib named Eve
What else can we do, but trust and believe
That all is not lost, that living is not futile,
Lest we spend our days in tears as we grieve.
I refuse! I will not grieve nor give in to hopelessness,
This by the grace of God I confess
To waste not one breathing moment in sadness
Instead to walk in the ways of gladness
‘Til my time on earth is through.
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~