Dragons can assume many forms. G.K. Chesterton said: “Children do not have to be taught that dragons exist. They already knew that.”
On To A Brilliant World
The old man stood on the hill
In the time of my youth
In my time of formation
“Son” he said:
“That’s where you’re going.
See that peak over there?”
The peak was covered by a cloud
But I knew it was there.
“Son” he said
“Son, you cain’t get there unless
You go through the valley
When you get in the valley,
When you get in the valley
You won’t be able to find your way out.
“It’s easy,” he said
“To get down in the valley
But sometimes getting up on the other side
Is quite another story.”
He gazed into the distance.
“There is the dragon” he said
“They say there is a dragon
A magic dragon
Somewhere in the valley.
The dragon will help you find the valley
But it will not help you to get out on
The other side.”
And I started for the peak
On the other side of the valley
And going down was easy
I slipped and slid and rolled
And ran and finally, I got to the bottom.
I looked up the mountain on the other side
And that was when I saw the dragon.
“Stay” spoke the magic dragon
“Stay here with me and
I will protect you. Leave, and I will hurt you.”
And I stayed.
I forgot about the cloud covered peak
Which was my destination
The dragon made me comfortable.
I became more and more comfortable
In the valley.
And the dragon made me happy
Except, every now and then
I thought about the old man who had showed me the peak
And when I thought about reaching the peak.
And one day, I started up the hill
On the other side of the valley
Heading for the destination I had
And the dragon stood in my way
He struck me with his massive claws
Knocking me back into the valley
I stood and tried for the hill again and again
And he threw me back again and again.
It had to be magic.
I grew older, and
Then, one day, I tried for the peak
And when the dragon came to knock me down
I boldly confronted him
I looked him in the eye
And I said: “I am leaving. Do not
Try to stop me again.
Dragons are not real
And there is no such thing as magic.”
And I turned and walked away
Digging my fingernails – my own claws
Into the hillside, struggling up the mountain
Toward the cloud covered peak
I grew older and
The dragon chased me
At times he stood in front of me
Blocking my way and I went around him.
But the further I made it up the mountain
The more he fell behind
Until he could no longer stop me
And the going got easier as I made my way
Out of the valley
Toward the cloudy peak
And toward the peak
That the old man had shown me
Was a large cloud
And the peak rose through it
I struggled unseeing through the cloud
And came through to the other side
On top of the cloud
And raised my head
And saw things I had never seen before.
It was a Brilliant World
That was when I realized
That there was, indeed a dragon
And I had defeated him
And the magic……………..
The magic was in me.
And in the Brilliant World.
And it was now time for me
To be the old man.
The title “Brilliant World” is from the blog created
And maintained by my nephew Isaac Schulz.
You may view it HERE
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