As I was making my way to that sacred place,
I could feel the wetness of the air, sprinkle across my face.
I looked around and saw ripples dance across the water, oh yes, I said to myself, it was falling,
All the while, my saddle was hurting, and my stomach...well...let's say it, too, was calling.
I saw in the distance, a spot to rest, just up a head,
I needed some place to lay my weary bones, oh, there's nothing like a warm bed.
I came upon the stable master and handed him the reins,
Oh my, I have been riding a bit too long, for I feel various pains.
As I approached the inn keeper, I noticed a would be passer-by
A bit later he came up to me, looked me once over, and then looked me squarely in the eye.
"I have something for you, ah! here it is from the brother", as he handed me a scroll all rolled and tied "
"I say, from who, and whom may I ask are you," all the while I was reaching for my stiletto tucked against my side.
"I am of no great concern to you, I mean you no harm, I do this for a reason,"
"Please, take it, read it, for the time is coming, you know "tis the season'."
It took it and placed it within my bag, and was about to offer him something,
When I was startled by the tolling of the bell, you know, when the town's church bells begin to ring.
I looked back over, and he was no more, I began stroking my beard, I then asked for a room for the night, a hot bath and a meal,
While I waited for these items to be made ready, I scanned around the area, all the while in my hand, I had some nuts, which I began to peel.
I saw an empty table and sat down, I had my back to the wall,
For I am a stranger here, I know no one, there is no one else's help upon whom I may call.
I pulled out and began to scan the scroll, perusing its contents,
For who would know that I am here, it just does not make any sense.
I quickly scanned the bottom for a signature...it was from the ol' monk,... but how could he have got.....!
I rolled it back up and placed it back into my bag, you know the one I had brought.
I sat there a bit perplexed and a shall I say... puzzled,
The maiden brought me a drink, which before it hit the table: that I guzzled.
"Ah!, my dear would you please, I would appreciate another,
I smiled, all the while I scanned around, seeing who is who, and who is here under cover.
Within no time I was being served,
There was more here than one man could eat, not alone deserved.
When I was done, I dropped a few coins for my meal and drink,
This I did, as I caught the maiden's eye ...and gave her a wink.
As I bathed and shaved my face,
I kept my sword and knife handy, for I was a stranger in this place.
As I rested across the pillowy bed,
I began to read the scroll, causing numerous issues to take flight within my sleepy head.
As I read the scroll,
My eyes grew heavy, the ride has begun to takes its toll
I could not hold out through the night,
My thoughts drifted away, as I rolled over and pulled up the cover, oh..so tight!
Bro. Smith SGS
New Book Scaff History Vol. 1 - ISBN#978-1-936392-06-3