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Cleaner of the Faith

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Cleaner of the Faith

He awoke around midnight
     with a strange thought in his head,
Was floating through a distance
     somewhere high above his bed.
He could not reach the blankets
     that had kept him once so warm,
Stared down on a rusted crown
     left beside his lifeless form.

Promises long forsaken
     were drifting into this view,
Written on the parchment brown,
     carried by a breeze come through.
Reminded him his fortune;
     his survival of the flood;
All those things given to him
     that were signed for with his blood.

Trumpets played and drummers drummed
     as people paraded by,
Hardly got to say 'hello',
     let alone a quick 'goodbye'.
Saw a few he knew by name
     though they looked not at his face,
Marched into the falling mist,
     disappearing with no trace.

Felt the chill of winter's breeze
     as if cut through to the bone,
Knew at once the emptiness
     meant for those that die alone.
Minutes turned to centuries
     and dreams took flight on the wing,
Changes move with changes quick;
     the alarm clock starts to ring.

He's now cleaned this parish church
     for nigh on thirty-five years . . . 

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  1. Date: 8/13/2012 1:39:00 AM
    Daniel well said...David