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A Man Carrying His Cross

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A Man Carrying His Cross

O Dear Lord! I`m real bushed
to bear my shabby cross.
It is so hard an` I`m collapsed,
legs sinking under loss.                    

I close my eyes and have a scene:
a flock of men on a road.                 
By viewless power it is set, 
in its strict limit hold.

And one by one they move along
the way in single file,                    
marking a day with a white stone,
bearing crosses the while. 

As well I drag mine on the ground
with might and main forlorn.
To me their crosses are just found 
not to be very long.

Being very tired, drop my log
and saw a little part,
for me to carry, furthermore,
for it just to be short.

I keep on going, soon I see               
a point of destination.
There`s an abyss in front of me,
I cannot reach the nation. 
Those people, without any buzz,
to join the parts together,
put heavy crosses over abyss, 
of two evils the lesser.

I stand alone. It is my fault. 
My easy cross fell down. 
I cannot pass, alas,... that part...
a lump felt in my throat. 	

I open eyes and have a scene:
here lies my shabby cross.
By viewless power it is set,
I have to take it, Gosh!

(from a Christian parable)

(translated from Russian)

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  1. Date: 6/18/2010 7:03:00 AM
    Interesting thoughts that you have penned.."Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest for my yoke is easy and my burden light."...I am glad for the easy cross and the easy burden...Keep the creative pen flowing..Thanks for the visitation to my work and reading and enjoying what I have written...Sara