For Kaye, For Nikolai, for us.

Onward Traveler 

 Ever forward

Onward traveler

Fortunes favour

Hold you to her breast

still will you venture

Never ending

Past the circle

As the East into

 the west

ancient doorways

star lit causeways

arch the vault

above your head

 where you’ll find me

Ever after

Waiting in the hope to hear once more

the sound of your footsteps

on the path

that leads you to my door


Go on seeking

Onward traveler

grace of morning

Bright shall be your guide

Breadth of heavens

Lay before you

Stake your claim

To the purpose you must find

 Windlashed shores

and mountains ranging

 great deeps

Resound beneath your feet

worlds await you

teemed with wonders

of all the joys and perils you will know

love that I bear for you

will follow you wherever

 you may go


Godspeed weary

Onward traveler

May the angels

sing you to your rest

Walked with bravery

Held determined

yet surrendered

to that greater gentleness

Halls of heroes

 of myth and legend

Welcome you to

their shining fields

Arms of friends long


Shall take you to a place

 upon your throne

 and all’s the stuff of stardust

But the knowing

That you’re coming home

You’re coming home


(c) 2013 Barry/Rosenthal