Redemption

I WAS OUT WALKING TODAY.

AND AFTER A TIME I CAME NEAR TO A VERY STILL POND...

THERE I SAW A MAN STOOD ALONE AT WATER’S SKIRT.

I STOPPED AND SPIED THE MAN CLOSELY FOR HE WAS AS STILL AS WAS THAT PONDS INKY WATER

I LOOKED FROM TOE TO HEAD, AND BACK TO TOE AGAIN; AND MY MIND REMARKED HOW UNEXCEPTIONAL THAT MAN DID SEEM....AT LEAST AT FIRST GLANCE

HE STARED AHEAD UNMOVING AND DID NOT SEE ME AT ALL, AND SO I SAW HIS EYES, AND THEY DID NOT SPY MY PRYING.

INTENSE THEY WERE AND NOT IN KEEPING, ROILING FROM WITHIN, FIRES FLICKERING DEEP, BURNING INSIDE THAT OTHER

I FELT COMPELLED TO MOVE CLOSER, TO SEE WHAT MEANING LAY HIDDEN DEEP THEREIN. BEYOND TWIN WINDOWS TO THE STILL MANS SOUL.

AND THE CLOSER THAT I DREW IT APPEARED TO ME THE MORE THAT OTHER’S OCCULAR EMOTION GREW, IN A MEASURE THAT WAS EQUAL AT LEAST...

I SAW RAGE AND PAIN, SADNESS AND JOY, NEED AND FRUSTRATION, AND DEEPER STILL THAT LONELINESS THAT COMPANIONS EACH ONE OF US BUT IS ONLY EVER REALLY APPARENT ON THE WORST DAYS OF OUR JOURNEY.

I DREW CLOSER STILL, AND SEEING PAST THAT TORRENT SO DESCRIBED I SAW FURTHER. I SAW THAT THIS WAS A GOOD MAN, A MAN HIT HARD BY WHAT HE HAD BEGUN TO COMPREHEND...

AND SEEING THE COURAGE OF THAT OTHER, SEEMINGLY TO FACE DOWN ALL THAT HE SO LATTERLY UNDERSTOOD, I FELT AT LAST THAT I UNDERSTOOD TOO.

THE UNSPOKEN BOND HAD REACHED OUT AND TOUCHED ME, BRUSHED ME WITH THAT OTHER’S DEEPER WISDOM.
AND SO...

I REACHED OUT MY HAND IN ORDER TO TOUCH THE STILL MAN ON HIS ARM.TO LET HIM KNOW THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE OK.

AND IT WAS ONLY THEN, AS I WATCHED HIM REACH BACK TO ME THAT I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD...

THIS WAS MY MAN IN THE MIRROR...

AND WHEN DAWNING HAD COME I SMILED, LOOKED LONG ON MY REFLECTION, AND KNEW AT LAST THAT EVERYTHING WOULD BE ALRIGHT

David Jackman 29.09.2011

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I LIKE THIS...I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I LIKE THIS ... By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.- CONFUCIUS

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