I peered into the keyhole of a wall of dreams
seeking to gain entry to the paradise beyond
I heard it lay past the brick road of my youth
patiently waiting for the key to unlock
the visions that waited me.
The clouds rained down as midnight found
the sleep on the edge of eternity
and I woke to find in the palm of my hand
an old worn golden cross-shaped key.
Attached a note saying find me now
and I crept through the corridors of dark and shadow,
following the light that slipped from the wall beyond
and I found it solid with no place for a key,
just a peephole down low where a child might see through.
I slipped to my knees and went to see where it led
and beyond it a wall with a larger hole laying open
and in that hole was a bird with red wings
waving to me to follow.
I pushed the key into the peephole below
watching with delight as the door slid quietly open
and making my way into the space allowed
felt it silently close behind me.
What was this world that beckoned me
through life and sleep and dreams
visions of paradise lay waiting for me to enter
and I moved forward into the light.
The scent of jasmine and gardenia hung fragrant on the air
and I felt as if I had moved into a cloud of warmth,
I followed the bird that danced above me
with laughter in its eyes it seemed
a happy being in this magical place and I gave it a nod and followed.
Through paths of green I watched waterfalls beyond
and mountains and streams and oceans deep,
this was a place where the animals came freely
as if to meet a new friend,
and I couldn’t help but to stare then
as this could not be real,
but as soon as that thought came into my mind
the bird stopped and shook his head no.
The scene around me began to fade just a bit
and I realized for not believing,
it would make it so
and I closed my eyes and asked for guidance
and the voice said quietly
it is all for you,
it’s always been for you if only you believe.
I opened my eyes buoyed with calm and peace
and the colors returned to their brilliance
and suddenly I knew this place as if it were home,
as if it had always been a part of me.
I had found the key and the entrance,
and I finally believed in all the magic and wonder that could be,
all that really was true.
The garden of paradise
the hope and light and that had been waiting,
now found and embraced
like a morning sun
that will always rise
even if not seen with the eyes,
in the heart
in darkness behind clouds
it comes in its time
to say hello friend