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Paradise Mocks…

Some decades ago that I found himself on island of Mauritius, at an all-time nadir in my quest for Paradise, the only quest that gives meaning to my existence. Sometimes, I feel that whenever I leave the confines of my current personal reality, I become as a ‘time-traveler’, entering the Quantum field of infinite possibilities that I can then choose from to create a new personal reality. Paradoxically, I was scheduled to deliver several messages of ‘inspiration’ to the group that had gathered from all over the world to hear me and another weather-beaten sage several decades older than me, Will, by name. I, hugely embarrassed, went to my mentor, Will to confess my deep disappointment and depression with life and ask for help, not expecting anything miraculous!
Will took me to a nearby island for a beer and a chat. As we sat shoulder-to-shoulder, with our backs against a huge palm tree, we surveyed the scene before us. Beautiful young women were parading around in the nude and cavorting in the waves of the Indian Ocean as they lapped the tiny tropical island. The sun, clothed us with a thin sheen of perspiration. Although, ‘wily-ol’ Will confessed later that he enjoyed the magnificent array of breasts flashing in and out of his field of vision, I was way too deep into the abyss of despair to notice. Only God knows why, but Will decided to relate the following true-life experience to me. Will was much younger then and found himself a soldier in the Korean war. He and a fellow-soldier were in the depths of the ocean with oxygen tanks on their backs. Suddenly, Will’s fellow-soldier was in trouble, his oxygen tank stopped functioning. He signaled Will and they immediately began the ‘buddy’ breathing system, taking turns to take in oxygen from Will’s tank as they started making their way to the surface which was a frighteningly long-way away! Will soon realized that they would never make it! He also very much doubted that if he sacrificed the oxygen tank to his friend, his own chances for reaching the surface with one long breath were very slim indeed! Nevertheless, Will decided on just that course of action. He described to me how that he started his ‘impossible’ journey and swam ‘like-hell’ for the surface. He related that after what seemed like an eternity and his lungs were about to ‘explode’, he felt himself propelled out of the deep and onto the shore as if he had ‘reverse-dived’ out of the ocean! He lay there panting and breathing extremely heavily for half an hour before he began to recover and regain his composure. By this time in the tale, our beer was finished, the sun was bidding us adieu and we got up and caught the boat to our hotel wordlessly, both of us deep in thought. Will's strategy to distract me worked, it pulled me out of my deep funk. I said to myself:-I will in faith go on, putting myself in the Infinite’s hands, even if it kills me!
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Posted: May 2014
About this poem:
A little excerpt from my latest biographical book I'm working on titled, for the moment anyway, 'The Gift'...

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darkhorse555
really very beautiful enjoyable piece of writing beautifully pennedangel grin
lindsyjones
A nice story Earl and welcome back..The tale of your friend is inspiring and thank you for sharing.
gnj4u
Hi, Earlgreytea,
It's great to read your 'time-traveler' writings once again in Poet's Corner. Thanks for sharing with us this story that has served as inspiration to you.
Earlgreytea
darkhorse555 donegal, Donegal Ireland
Wed May 21, 2014 2:54 PM
really very beautiful enjoyable piece of writing beautifully pennedangel grin

Thank you Darkhorse, I'm humbled by your beautiful praise!
Earlgreytea
lindsyjones unknown, California USA
Wed May 21, 2014 5:45 PM
A nice story Earl and welcome back..The tale of your friend is inspiring and thank you for sharing.
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gnj4u Boston, Massachusetts USA
Wed May 21, 2014 5:51 PM
Hi, Earlgreytea,
It's great to read your 'time-traveler' writings once again in Poet's Corner. Thanks for sharing with us this story that has served as inspiration to you.

Thank you lindsyjones, your elegant encouragement is much appreciated!

Hey dear Massachusetts, how are you? you've become a wonderful 'familiar-sister' to me on this poetry corner!
love and light,
kiss
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