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go east old man

Go east old man go east
Where winter lays deceased
Across the wide and great divide
To the vaster shore on the other side
Where the sun begins its play
To the salt that licks upon the sands
Like the tears that fall on weary hands
Across a foggy bay
Go east old man to the sunny isle
Where the winter winds begin to smile
And the path no longer winds
Past the youthful men all heading west
Dressed up in Sunday’s very best
Walk on with aged mind
Cross the prairie grass and whitewashed coal
While the birds above demand your soul
On a road through bracken wood
Where the rivers flow in criss cross ways
And miles pass within a daze
Though you question if they should
Go east old man to Avonlea
To the hidden cottage by the sea
Where the tide will never leave
Then find this peace for which you longed
And sang about in many a song
With words that calmly grieved
May there be gardens with wide eyed youth
Waiting for stories and whispered truths
Of the land where they will go
And you will remember with glazing eyes
Listening to age and wrinkled lies
But whisper! Who will know? 
Weep not for the youth who westward tread
With promises the west has said
Held tight in clenched fist
For they walk each step because they must
Tossed wrong by winds and wintry gusts
Far south from where they wish
Head east old man with quicker step
With clouds in sight that soon forget
The sky they’ve crossed before
Walk on alone through fields of thyme
Where there stands a post, attached a sign
That reads “An Open Door”
You’re here dear man so far so far
From where you were and where you now are
On the coast of a moonless night
There stands your cottage still inviting
Words on the door in simple writing
Now hidden from our sight
So sit old man and ease your feet
Your journey long your tour complete
Of all that once was west
Go rest dear man go rest

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