That Hidden Country

Have you been to that country with the soaring spires,
And majestic old forests that creak with age?
Have you tasted the fruit of those enchanted trees
That grow down by the banks of the whispering streams?
Have you stood in the shadow of those snow-capped mountains,
Or dared to ascend to their cloud-wreathed peaks?
Have you heard all the tales the laughing breeze tells,
Or been washed in the tide of the sapphire rain?
For that is the place where dreams are born,
And the road to that country is hidden.

Have your ears caught the cry of a maiden in need;
Have your feet ever flown to her rescue?
Has your skin yet been scorched by the dragon’s dark fire,
Or your bright blade been drawn out to slay him?
Have you unwound the riddles of arrogant trolls,
Or shattered the spell of a cackling witch?
Have you ever lived happily ever after,
Or discovered the power of true love’s kiss?
For that is the place where fairy-tales dance,
And the road to that country is hidden.

Have you joined in the raucous songs of the dwarves
Or been touched by the soul-shaking lays of the elves?
Have you ever been moved to the greatest of deeds
By the grandest of epics that valiant men tell?
Have you taken on great and terrible quests
Or gazed into the stone-cold eyes of Death?
Have you gambled with wizards or dueled with Shades,
Or crossed the Great Sea at the end of an Age?
For that is the place where fantasy dwells,
And the road to that country is hidden.

Have you ever been stirred in the depths of your soul
And carried far off by the notes of a song?
Have you ever felt summoned to distant realms
By the wandering ink on the page of a book?
Have you looked into the diamond-bright eyes of a child
And discovered the world that lies within?
Have you looked in the mirror for more than a scar,
And sought to discover who you really are?
We catch fleeting glimpses from time to time,
For the road to that country is hidden inside.

“That Hidden Country”

by Benjamin Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

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