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A changing of the guard,
My soul’s protectors.
Long they have stood,
Brave but now weary.
The new incumbents are battle hardened yet youthful in perception.
These will guide me now; these will shine the light upon a new path.
The stains of the past have left my soul shy and wary of joy and its rewards,
The new guards are equipped with soul cleaning agents and set about their task with much vigor.
They talk amongst themselves about the scars and stains they are tending to.
Hope is their tone, wonder their timbre.
I listen intently, the way a child listens to their parents when they are not supposed to.
My soul has never shined; I’m not sure if it should but as the guards finish their chore with a gentle polish I feel a slight luster beginning to emerge.


The guards take a step back to admire their work.
They’ve done well.
Better than expected.
I thank them for their effort and cradle this new soul.
Well, not new but a soul with a luster of redemption.
I tell the guards that I’m happy that they arrived earlier than I had anticipated.
They tell me that I had sent orders unknowingly…
“By your own admission, you called for a change. You embraced the future and you accepted your fate. By your own free will, we raise a shield to the past and shed light on tomorrow.”
The guards stand tall and surround my soul.
I feel safe,
I feel hope,
For I have seen tomorrows luster today.

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  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    oh my!!!! Hugs to you and yours, you lovely man :)

  • Didge
    Didgeover 6 years ago

    Once again great work!!!!

  • adgray
    adgrayover 6 years ago

    You stun me!
    Your words are not only BRILLIANT …
    [And I will never measure up in comparison to you! <( ]
    … but they were perfect for me today … for I have a friend here who needed to hear what you had to say, who has changed his life and is looking for positive good tomorrows and who having heard me read this to him has sighed in relief and gone out with renewed strength and determination to face the world awaiting him!

    So from he who is having his soul polished and me who is helping to hold the duster … thank you my dear friend thank you!

    Chookas! X♥X♥X

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...over 6 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much for your words Mel, Damian and adgray (you are very kind to say such things) :D

  • Mark German
    Mark Germanover 6 years ago

    Deep and intense writing, mate. Love it.

  • Lisa Defazio
    Lisa Defazioover 6 years ago

    Mmm wonderful – a happy complete soul. Pleased you should be.

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Very inspiring and real. Perfect saturday morning after a big night out read. I can now move into it. Thanks Paul ;)

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 6 years ago

    PLV – I’m still lost for words……..

    Is it enough to say, I get this and love it to pieces….

  • MichaelCouacaud
    MichaelCouacaudover 6 years ago

    great work, i’m looking forward to your next piece of writing

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...over 6 years ago

    Thanks so much Mark, Glamazon, Robert, LisaG (of course it is!) and Michael! :D

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