Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016 - Move Aside

MOVE ASIDE

The king said, “Move aside.”
The young knight refused.
“Then we meet on the battlefield,” the king said,
“and god will give me the strength to remove you.”

So they met on the battlefield,
and it happened exactly as the king had said.
The knight was destroyed,
unhorsed, humiliated, and then beheaded.

Move aside.
 
The king said, “This is my road and my land.
Move aside and yield.”
Another young knight refused.
“Then we meet on the battlefield,” the king said,
“and god will give me the strength to remove you.”

So they met on the battlefield,
and it happened exactly as the king had said.
The young knight fell from his horse.
He was finished with the king’s sword.

The king said, “Move aside.”
Over and over he told the young knights to move aside.
Over and over they ignored his command.
Over and over they were destroyed.

Because the king’s land belongs to the king,
and he has a right to run it as he sees fit.
And knights can challenge him if they choose,
but they will be destroyed.
The king will not give up his land.

Then one day the king said, “Move aside,”
and the young knight did move aside.
With an apology, he bowed his head and moved aside,
and then he continued on his journey.

“You mock me with your avoidance,” the king said,
which the young knight fervently denied
with patience, humility, and respect,
and then he continued on his journey.

The young knight had many adventures.
He rescued many maidens and slew evil dragons.
Until one day he made for himself a kingdom
with his own lands to run and protect and love.

There were laws laid down for the good of the people.
There was the welfare of the poor to think about.
There was a new generation to raise with the same ideas.
And there were borders to protect, rules to enforce.

The king said, “Move aside.”
A clever knight knows that one stretch of road
can easily be traveled around,
and an inflated ego means certain death.

An impasse can be an opportunity.
Move aside and continue on your journey.
 

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