Paths More Travelled

Entry by: Lady of the Labyrinth

22nd September 2017
Paths More Travelled

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Should you ever read this,
This sub 'A' Level attempt at creative writing
Meet me at the Old Quarry
Where we shall once again
Walk the path we have so often travelled
Down the rutted lane to the Enchanted Gardens
Where may be found, on occasion
The finest cakes available to humanity
Soundtracked on red letter days
By a jolly retro jazz band
An enchanted cabaret of woodland sprites

Once again let me lead you
Down the wooded slope to the canal
(But don’t forget your practical shoes!)
Cross the bridges over the gullies
Pause to rest awhile on my "contemplative bench"
The cathedral-like arching of branches overhead
Imbuing the setting with a quiet numinosity
Listen beyond the whispering leaves
The chug of passing boats
and walkers summoning their dogs
And you may hear an answer
To soothe your troubled mind

Each walk along this path brings new resonances
Overlaying the old with current truths
He Loves Me ... He Loves Me Not
Today I sit here alone
Having set you free to pursue your knightly quest
Heart a little heavy
Yet, paradoxically, lightened by the hope that
I have Done The Right Thing”

So as I sit and reflect I wait for the voice
Which comes, as ever, in its own time
"Whatever lies ahead, be thankful
for the joy you have known"
On another day
Another lifetime perhaps
We shall sit here together again
And write the next chapter ...

Continue to the grand amphitheatre
Of the Old Quarry
Circle the seven rings of the stone labyrinth
In search of deeper meaning

Did we ever find enlightenment?
Perhaps not ...
But it was fun trying