Sunday, June 28, 2009

The lonely road

He walked alone upon the feared road, deserted and discarded,
Toward the forbidden, where the night was black, the day been grey
His footsteps unspeaking, for the sound reached no ear,
His shadow one with the body, 
For even the moon dithered to come near 
The air stagnant except for a wolf's warn
It grew cold, till all warmth was but a memory 
He walked toward hell, he walked to the Satan
He walked without fear, for fear would not stay,
Where hope abandoned
At last he reached his quarry,
In front of him came an abyss

And, into this dark he spoke,
'I come today, to sell my soul

Thus, the Satan was called forth
'Souls are not to be sold, they are fared anew, or taken in a claw, he said
His voice was harsh, though the words, a hiss

'I have made up my mind, and have traveled afar,
Come take my soul, said the man

And so the Satan held his soul, 
'This soul is fair, there is much yet left, why do you wish it to sell?

'I sell, for its cost I can't bear, said the man

'Its not enough to despair,
'Virtue is rare, it is not forfeit at will, replied the Satan

At this the man saddened

'There is a sorrow, tears can't shed
'Some shards of memory, don't lose edge with time
'Few echoes do not fade with distance 
'Such a person sells his virtue, a soul such as mine , cried the man
'Even if I wanted to, there isn't a wealth that would buy
'For with every moral inside, suffering is certain
'Go back to the living, and forgive your soul - said the Satan

At this the man smiled, a smile upon his own, the most painful smile
'What use is the good, if it can't even fetch a dime - cried he

'Think not this way, said the Satan
'Pain alone can burnish a soul
'And only the worthy are given the pain
'Such a soul does not fetch a price
'For its value, is beyond any price

And so the man walked again
Back from the dark and into the light 
Upon him, a new wisdom dawned
He made peace with his pain and embraced hope
The one whose soul won't fetch a price
Priceless was his soul!

 - Sanket


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