A stranger came to me one day, in a precarious way
What he wanted of me, well, it's kind of hard to say
He talked and I listened attentively with mind
He spoke as though he knew me;

as though his message a sign
So, I dismissed with my inhibitions and began to relax He came, not to get me, it was simply a task
He criticized past endeavors and warned of future plans

He said that my destination is to face life's tribulations,
and my task is to endure and withstand He talked of universal existence and my existence he made plain He insisted that I make my life objective and survival my aim

He talked of time to come, of things yet to be perceived He cautioned of life's extremities and his cautions I heeded.
He talked of dexterity and the riches of youth He inforced in me vast potentials and instilled in me mass truths
He bestowed upon me answers,
answers men have never found
Neither from their pages blessed and bound He said within me the key to reality was conceived
And locked doors I could unlock
if in my self I would believe
He proclaimed in himself all things I confide And promised, through life's obstacles, to serve as my guide
I had a feeling I knew this stranger and that he was a fathomless part of me...
The part I vaguely listen to and could never see
I asked, "If in life you are needed in what domains do you reside ?"

For a moment he looked startled then he said, "Your inner side".
Then it dawned on me suddenly from where this stranger had come.
Before he departed he wished me well.

And said with knowledge as my ammunition I could never fail
In accomplishing my goals and succeeding in life
Then he sharply retorted, "But you must take my advice."
I was vigilant and informed after that stranger had left

Because I allowed myself the pleasure of indulging in my self.
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Mario William Vitale

Mario William Vitale is a twentieth century poet. He has developed a style of free verse. Has written over one thousand poems. more…

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