The Promise Kept - Poem by Juan Olivarez
I had a vivid dream last night,
That I was traveling towards a light.
In a peaceful silent flight.
Towards the light I traveled on,
My heart at ease singing a song.
Never had I felt so strong.
No words could ever relate,
There were no ill feelings, no hate.
I was content then with my fate.
I saw all that had once unfurled,
On this single solitary world.
Where man had in the past been hurled.
I saw the beginning so long ago,
As the ages passed me to and fro.
My boat on a cosmic sea I rowed.
On and on the ages flew,
As man's knowledge steadily grew.
And the cosmic wind around me blew.
The very beginning with my own eyes,
I saw it from the painted skies.
And heard the painful birthing cries.
Of a world made for man alone,
Who raised himself from being prone.
And on two legs made Earth his home.
I saw all creatures big and small,
The rise of man, and the Devils fall.
With my own eyes I saw it all.
I saw temptation and I saw greed,
Come from that one evil seed.
That fell from heaven for his misdeeds.
I saw the daily battles fought,
With the demons the deceiver brought.
And heard the cries of those they caught.
I saw man rise to brilliant heights,
My eyes beheld some awesome sights.
As I flew towards the brilliant light.
I saw great cities rise and fall,
Time and again I saw it all.
All over the world at a steady crawl.
Things no imagination could ever conceive,
I saw all the love and all the grief.
I saw last chances and I saw reprieves.
Ages uncounted passed me by,
With made up truths, and factual lies.
That all known history, did defy.
I saw man die off and start again,
Several times I saw and felt the pain.
Blood the Earth continually stained.
And I saw man knowledge acquire,
From the beginning, starting with fire.
And then greater knowledge, so much higher.
Till I saw man leave the Earth,
And seek in the galaxy a new rebirth.
And I knew then of his real worth.
I knew then that man was made,
In a higher image, in a little glade.
And saw all the plans that had been laid.
Yes the truth then set me free,
And I knew then and I could see.
The promise once made had come to be.
The Earth I'd known, was no more,
It had been reduced to a burned out core.
But that did not matter anymore.
The new world so safe and sound,
Once called heaven had been found.
And the joy man knew, was now unbound.
Paradise lost, was found again,
All knew joy and no more pain.
Everything grew, neath the gentle rain.
At long last my dream was done,
I lay on my bed, and smiled at the sun.
And welcomed a new day just begun.
8/21/10 Alton Texas
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