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~An Hour With You~

A Perfect Stranger
 
I met a perfect stranger
along the shore last night
At once somehow familiar,
yet elusive as to when and where
We walked together without talking
as we both contemplated matters
I remember being vaguely irritated
over the peaceful smiles of the stranger,
while I wrestled with all of my failures
and all the might-have-beens and maybes
Why hadn't I been more aware and astute
with the choices I had made during this lifetime
And, I admit that my irritation with the stranger grew
into anger as I realized he was reviewing his lifetime too
But rather than second-guessing his choices with recriminations,
he seemed rather pleased with what he had learned from his mistakes
Why could he approach his lessons with such graceful understanding
and self-forgiveness while I righteously punished myself for my failures
Finally, I could not tolerate his presence any longer and I asked him
"Who are you to interrupt my solitude with gloating satisfaction?"
He stopped and looked at me with absolute love and faith
as he gently reached out to me with his hands
"Dearest brother who is greatly troubled,
don't you yet recognize your own soul?"
dennis j hopkins
06/2001
 

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Music playing is "Willows-Wynd"

the composition is copyright Geoff Anderson
and used with permission.




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