That Distant Light

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That Distant Light

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


A distant light appears to me,

a soft and soothing glow,

that beckons my soul and all I am,

to follow all I know,

and surrender what life I thought I had,

to discover the love I'd missed,

without all human contention,

my paradigm remiss.


This weightless state of siren song,

imbued my heart with joy,

and as I got closer to this light,

I felt loving arms employ,

this blissful calm and serenity,

I'd never felt before,

now cleansed my weary body,

and brought me closer to restored.


And as we moved along this passage,

I noticed others like me pass by,

some shouting 'Yahoo!' at fever pitch,

and others as calm as I.

Like arrows to a target,

in slow motion lost in time,

we sped to destination unknown,

but with a heart at rest, sublime.


Then suddenly the light was blinding,

my eyes wide and in shock to find,

I was falling at the end of a parachute,

my mates on either side,

squealing, laughing in rapturous voice,

exhilaration a rush,

this free fall I'd been planning,

was here, my memory hushed.


Must have passed out I thought,

on the way out of the plane,

thank God I woke up just in time,

to pull the cord and in life remain.

After landing safely,

the earth treasured under foot,

the guys asked how it was for me,

and without a smile I just said 'good'.


One mate just stopped and stared at me,

what an odd reply, response,

after dying I thought, what could I say,

confused but nonchalant.

He let it go and walked away,

patting backs and group hugs boys,

shaken I tailed but still dismayed,

glad to be alive this day.


What awaits us in death, nobody really knows, but whatever it is can wait a little longer as far as I'm concerned.

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US Navy parachute team from Official US Navy Page flickr.com

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Much appreciated James. Glad you enjoyed it.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

A thought provoking poem.It was beautifully written!! Voted up.

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