The Journey

It is not a battle, but a journey:
another hill, another valley,
another curve in the road;
family and friends alongside
for a time;
some will fall away,
some will remain,
all will have done their part.

It is not a battle, but a journey:
a grand adventure;
learning familiar paths
finding new lands,
new worlds,
a new life;
returning
to what was known
and seeing it
with new eyes
and greater understanding.

It is not a battle, but a journey
through quiet forests,
flowered fields,
and often-rough terrain;
crossing raging rivers,
splashing in frog-hallowed ponds;
facing challenges
as high as mountains,
taking pleasure
in a well-earned rest
and delighting in
the majestic view.

It is not a battle, but a journey:
a voyage of discovery
along shoals and shorelines,
pushed by currents
pounded by storms,
blessed by a favoring wind,
sailing bravely forth
with a well-worn map,
an ancient compass;
navigating by the stars
upon a moon-bright sea.

It is not a battle, but a journey:
a pilgrimage,
toward the sacred goal;
a love-fueled longing
through shadowed valleys
into green pastures,
where gentle streams
will heal and nourish
the weary soul.

March 18, 2016
Deborah Beach Giordano

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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