I feared an enemy, who dwelt up high
Upon the mountain that overlooked
The pleasant valley I called my home
In which these days I dwelt alone
Beside the ever playful brook.
This enemy I feared, who dwelt up high
Upon the shadow-casting mountain
Slowly made his way on down
Into the valley that was my home
And no longer was I all alone
As he hid behind the fountain.
Something stirred deep memories
From far back in my troubled mind
And the day that I began to climb.
To discover what that mountain held
What secrets did those heights contain?
What wondrous views would my eyes see?
What mysteries might be revealed to me?
Slowly, surely, step by step
One hand here, another there
Listening carefully to every sound
Thankful that the weather’s fair.
We place one foot, and then another
Recalling good advice from Mother
Occasionally a quick rest stop,
And now we’re finally at the top.
Then just as once more breath is caught
And as I set out to explore
From in the trees, a shape bursts free
Coming at me with flailing arms
With volume increasing more and more
Says I can’t be here and I must leave.
Too young to argue, too small to fight
I only wish to flee his sight,
So I turned and ran the way I came
So hastily I dropped my pack
So frightened that I did not look back
Nor return again to find my sack.
Now here we are, the years have past
He slowly steps out from behind the fountain
He approaches me, I do not run
He hands to me the pack I lost.
There was no time to explain He says
About the bear that was on his way
He shows the one long scar he bears
The reminder of what happens when we care
Enough to step out in harms way
To save another from harm one day
And tells me that he still thanks God,
For putting in that bear’s mind the thought
That these two humans didn’t look quite as good
For dinner as the deer, that just appeared, right there behind them, in those woods.
So thank you for reading all that, and because it was kind of a long one, I thought I would include a couple of nice relaxing songs that you could unwind to. Enjoy, God bless, and we’ll see you next time. Until then…