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Come With Me to The Other Side
by Meredith Dixon
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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I lift my eyes to see beyond
this lake, this sea, this weed-filled pond
to the other side
where others live in joy.

Not without woe
but living still
not without a foe
but giving still
Waiting there for us are others who have
reached the other side.

Please send the boat for us to cross over.
Push the weeds aside
through the perils we will ride.

Make a trail
a way through
I am begging of You.

These dark, murky waters
have lurking within
Monsters so ravenous
hungry to devour
a Mother and a Child
Our meat so tender and mild.

Their sharpened teeth and senses know
we are coming through and though
they smell the fear in me
we pretend not to see

and before the Night is over
they plan to sink the boat,
drown us and then
have a feast upon us.

You could help set us free
I need Your strength to cross over
to reach the green pastures
the budding Spring flowers
the bountiful fruit laden trees

Their delicious scent flows over
the stench of the past
the sweet smell beckons us there
Oh, how we care
so we dare
to cross over.

We carry nothing but ourselves
We have left our baggage behind
Some precious treasures along the shore
shimmering to achieve what is more lasting
We leave them behind
for others to pick through and sift
Oh, please give us a lift!

If I could go it alone
Won't it take me longer to cross?
Can I ever make it
when I can hardly fake it
as it is?

With my child at my heart
we cannot be apart.
She is content to follow me.
What if I make the wrong turn?

I cannot see through the fog
The Monsters are awaiting to devour her
it's the innocence, you see
the speciality of their Dark night.

The impurities in me glow
in their hungry eyes.
I have often seen the shine
of their whine
of hunger and sorrow
for them it is never tomorrow.

They have already told so many lies
stinging mosquitoes await us
to keep us from our true destination.
They want us to sink
so they can drink what is left.

The tainted water so dark
this cruise is not a lark
but I bought the ticket years ago
and have purchased ones for my children
for each one when born.
Will they live to see the morn?

So many have set sail
but a journey so hard
have turned them back to fail.

The ones who got entangled in the deep,
dark, dirty water
who got no farther
I see them floating there
their exposed bones to the air
This is certainly no Fair
nor a cruise to be enjoyed.

I put my trembling hands across her eyes
She must see no more
horror as we cross
the lost
the vain
Oh, I am trying to explain
but my song is so long
You must hear it to survive
You need to prepare now
to cross to the other side.

I must pull our own weight
Use the sword if I must
as she trusts
in my strength
there is no length
I have treasured the beauty from afar
for too long.

It's time to go
who will row?
We've packed our necessities
and given away the fear
that keeps me from drawing near.

I stand firm in my faith
to reach the other side
with my child so mild and small
through the fierce waters alone.

Through this pond of bitter tears
I've made it too hard I can see now
but I won't give up
pushing us through the hard reeds
if I must
through the deep, chilly, sinking mud
if I must
all the while with her trust in my heart.

The biting mosquitoes
are followed by harsh, stinging rain
like arrows piercing my skin
drops of blood running down
into this stream of hell gone mad.

I surely know once we are there
to the other side of the shore
the trip was worth every cut
every tear
every burning, cruel word
every hand not held out
to pull us across
as we were so lost.

Shining through the fog
a tiny but brilliant light
leads us the way to home
oh, that home so bright!

To the love that she deserves
to the peace that I ache for
I will ask for no more.
Just the tickets to ride
the chance to make it to this other side
to our sweet garden of truth

To the balm of healing love
it's truly from our Lord, from above
guiding us, leading us to His bosom
to remain hidden and then
open to run free and joyfully
in this garden of Eden
just across the other side.

Will you not take the ride?
This time I will be at your side.
Trust in me I know the way now
but fear the pole may slip from my hand
as we travel to this land.

Will you take the chance
if I do
leaving my daughter behind
to ride with you and bring you home
to where I believe you belong?

Will you believe my tale?
Will you trust in my song?
A song of beauty and pain
in this dark, you must not remain.

See through my words so long
See where it is you really belong
Take a chance
hold my hand
and I will push you across if I must
so you will not remain lost
in the dark
awaiting the Monsters who live
only to feed on your body and soul.

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Reviewed by Bennett 2/21/2006
The other side where the flowers bloom. no more pain, sadness, sickness, lies, dissapointments, loneliness, no more tears, just peace, a peace of mind my friend.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/21/2006
Although long this poem is defiantely worth reading and tells a story that is unique and interesting. Perhaps this is one as I mentioned could be broken down into maybe two or even three parts. Regardless great writing.

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