A Poem: The Beggar

I am a beggar at your door,
the steps rising before my hesitant feet.

I can hear the sounds within
your kingdom drawing me,

despite my lack of confidence.
My feet unclean,

I could wipe them more than once
and they would still not shed

the grime.

So I turn and sit at the foot
of your steps,

content if I hear nothing
else but the sounds of this place,

if I do not move from here.
For this is where I feel at ease

one foot in and one foot out,
not to soil the floor of a house

too good for me.

I am beggar, come hopeful guest,
and you know I am here.

More aware of those without,
than within,

those who waver at the door
not trusting their right to enter.

And you come to find me,
leaving your guests to usher in

those that linger at the entrance.

The dirt of my feet
you don’t tend to mind,

although you patiently wait
as I scrape at the earth.

And my clothes, seen too much wear for me,
you cover with a robe of lamb’s wool

whiter than the last of the snow
blanketing the hills.

And then you take my hand, and grasp tight in welcome.

As though, I had not been gone,
as though, there were no question of my belonging

here, in this kingdom
wider within than without

with walls extending
beyond the extent of my vision.

Roof higher than my eyesight’s reach,
and a table longer than comprehension

where guests sit joyous and replete.

That I might be one of them?
That I might find my place set?

Is the silent question,
always at the forefront of my mind.

But without doubt,
you know the answer.

You who have come to seek those
who think themselves lost.

You hold a spot vacant

bearing my name.

Ana Lisa de Jong
November 2017
Image:  Charles Mackesy

 

One thought on “A Poem: The Beggar

  1. oh such glorious poetry – so inspirational. You were so low my darling, I am so sorry you had to go thru this. But it is all looking so much better now that we have worked outstuff! xxx

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