Friday, October 1, 2010


by Gideon Burton

I met a man who told me once that he
had met his highest aspirations. All
he'd ever wanted he achieved. To see
the dimness in his eyes, I knew some fall
some tragedy had undercut the joy
he should have had in his accomplishments.
I hoped my asking him would not annoy,
attempting just a modest blandishment.
Confessing quietly, he said he'd lost
the trust of someone dear through some betrayal,
and nothing he had won was worth that cost,
despite appearances in his portrayal.
     All things to lose and yet keep sacred trust:
     a treasure that's immune to thieves or rust.

1 comment:

  1. How sad. What a great warning. What of losing the trust of God, I wonder.