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Out of the Shadows

What stirs around me is evasive and true 
A light appears over me glowing and spinning
I get a calm feeling when and ever it's due
People have seen it, gasping and pointing
They say "what was that, what did you just do?
There was a light spinning around, like a ring"
I always ask "what did it look like, what color hue?"
The usual answer is red and blue, what was that thing?

There was this family vacation where I was presumed dead
My older brother, a friend and I climbed up the back of Half Dome
We made it up Quarter Dome easily and wanted to push ahead
Half Dome was unreachable, six degrees of granite stone
We decided to go down it's face, through slides and lips
Cold winds chilled us as the sunshine elapsed
As darkness finally came, we found ledge where we could sit
Stuck halfway down, we blamed each other as the night passed
Suddenly we saw distant flashlights, a rescue team? We yelled
A group of five climbers made their way over to us
They thought we were a rescue team, sent up when night fell
Finding only three kids who had absolutely nothing
They questioned us, where was our spotlight, ropes and pins?
After a full inquisition about our flood light,  they quit talking
At daybreak we all repelled down in an eerie silence
Finally down, we all shook hands, no one had died
Blue lipped, weak and in disbelief, we bowed to pray
This halo had got us back to camp, where mom and dad cried
A hundred search and rescue had searched night and day

The reality of this aura is undeniable
A thousand close calls and brushes with death
Everyone has said it's just indefinable
Turning my head in time or steering East instead of West

I live day to day with a bullet in my spine, it's true
My back feels like a constant third degree sunburn
All the doctors could say was "Oh jeez, lucky you"
Pastors would come to pray over me, all in turn
This went on for weeks, until one even threw holly water
I barked "father, you do this to everyone here?"
He replied "you have a gift, we travel many miles to see your shimmer"
They had come just to see me, he left and I cried so many tears

My eyes still water up when I think about those days
There are no lessons here on how to escape fate
I can't even claim this glowing stays the same
Just my story of faith, light and how I was saved

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  1. Date: 7/25/2013 11:34:00 AM
    congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 5:09:00 PM
    A fascinating story, Mitch! Congrats on your 1st place win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 2:01:00 PM
    Congratulations with your -out of shadow win, this one had me thinking of my own luck and aurora...... Have yourself a nice day Mitch... love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 11:14:00 AM
    Beautifully done! Congrats on the win, too.

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:28:00 AM
    it's your aura that I like. Mitch, I'm impressed how you unfolded how the light surrounds you. I am glad you got out alive. now that is power watching over you. you are blessed. don't ever let go... the enemy is watching always. thank you for sharing your gift. Always. ... Linda

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    Date: 7/23/2013 4:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ty, whatever it is Im soooo glad to have it. Those priests were acting like I was, dare I say " holly ghost in the flesh" PS If I hit this reply, do you get an alert that I replied to your comment?