The guardian of the road ahead
The gate stands wide and strong
In the distance shines the sun
The way is straight not long
Should I pass and go beyond?
The sign says,
TO THOSE WHO ENTER
“You must leave some luggage at the gate before you venture.
Please understand, be quite clear,
The road ahead, though straight,
May suddenly fade and capsize if you carry too much weight.
So leave all unnecessary baggage at the gate as you go through,
Test the road quite cautiously.
And be careful what you do.'
Oh dear what shall I leave behind?
What valuables will I lose?
What do I take out? What shall I miss?
Please - will you help me chose?
The keeper said,
'Your decisions I cannot make.
What you leave and what you keep
The responsibility is yours to take.
Why did you come to this gate?
You have sojourned in your land
For many years, why leave it
If it had all been so grand?
Why would you have taken
The long journey to this gate?
Even though, I have to say,
You have waited till quite late.
The way through leads to happiness
But, you may not want to travel
As that road may not appeal, or
Your bag you will not unravel.
The gate will open only once,
At this hour of the day.
Please decide before too late,
Or it will close and shut will stay.'
All had been hidden from his sight,
He was not been allowed to see
What his future would be like.
He had to trust how it would be.
The traveller sorted all his bags,
The old rubbish, out he threw.
He got through the gate, just in time.
Was amazed as then he knew.
Poem is CopyrightACoatesworth2010
The poem is from the book 'From Darkness to Light' by Dr Audrey Coatesworth - ( now also as an ebook) see website