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  The Traveler
by Mr. Ed
Monday, April 30, 2012
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I wrote this poem several years ago,

After meeting a haggard traveler in the woods;

I was reminded of it today by all the recent stories,

Of now lost and abandoned pets attempting to get home.



“A child on a farm sees a plane overhead,

And he dreams of all those faraway places;

A traveler on that plane sees the farmhouse,

And he dreams of home.”


Carl Burns



I came upon a traveler once

Who must have journeyed far

His silhouette was dark and grim

He was beaten, battered, scarred


His head hung low

His coat was worn

His flesh was gaunt

His feet were torn


Yet, this traveler traveled on


I offered him a sip of water

And he savored it like wine

I offered him a bite of food

And he so ravenously dined


Soon, I offered him a safe haven to rest

And for an instant, his gaunt face shined

Then, his all consuming yearning sparked

And his extremely haunted eyes, declined


Where could this traveler be going

This bitterly cold and rainy day?

What compelled him forward?

I guess, I really couldn’t say


Was he searching for a loved one?

Was he now struggling to get home?

Was he on some desperate mission?

Or was he now dying, so all alone?


I guess, that I’ll never really know


As this lone voyager trudged off

I now silently wished him well

I could somehow feel his anguish

I could somehow sense his inner hell


Man, beast, or spirit

It really doesn’t matter

Man, beast, or tormented soul

His plight could not have been sadder


Yet, this intrepid traveler traveled on


As I watched this valiant voyager vanish

Drenched, in both determination and fear

As I watched this very lonely voyager vanish

I soon found myself shedding yet one more tear



- And the traveler traveled on -




©2008, Mr. Ed

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Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
I think I have read this but the feelings it generates are as strong and fresh as the day i read it several years ago. Thanks Ed.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
He traveled a lonesome journey of hardship. One beat of a heart
held him for a moment.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
Some people do what they must. For whatever reason. Our perceptions of their condition may be more bleak than their own. Patrick
Reviewed by jude forese
such a sad journey for these lonely creatures ...
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
Perhaps "The Traveler" was inspired
by your tender presence to continue
on with the journey...that is what
I would like to think...finding what
was needed for happiness *Mr Ed*

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Andy Turner
The way of the pilgrim, such a lonely journey for animal or us beasts.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
We all travel on our journey's daily and do our best to find a lost home.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Glad you posted it again, Ed, because I didn't see it the first time and it sure was worth reading! Loved it!

Reviewed by Ronald Hull
This one was more poignantly put than those for your dogs. I sense the traveler could be a metaphor for our journey through life, searching for its meaning, stopping only briefly for sustenance and trudging on into the grinder that is the end.

Wonderfully written and much appreciated.

Hihg five!
Reviewed by Budd Nelson
memories like these keep surfacing throughout our lives as it has for the traveler of your kindness.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
Some people can bear more pain and suffering than others. He was on a mission, and you were a very big part of that.
Loved the images and the feel of this poem.

Very wonderful poetry, Ed! You are an amazing story teller.

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Laura Fall
Truly a touching write and I to hope he found his way as always amazingly written poetry that brings a tear to the eye of the reader Laura
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Hope he found what he was looking for...e
Reviewed by Connie Faust
This account brings on so many responses: admiration for your kindness and compassion, a challenge to be as single-minded as this driven animal, pity for the enormity of his task, and a yearning to be able to help him complete it.

Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke
I can see how this came to mind now. It is a sad place indeed for that, and any like-fated, traveller.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
poignant read

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