This is an ABAB poem I wrote in rumination on the meaning of Matthew 7:13-14. The passage speaks of the importance of taking the more difficult road in life, for the easy path is the one many take, and it leads them to into ruin. It reminded me of how we must stress our bodies and our minds to keep our wits sharp and hands quick, for a dull blade cuts not when it is needed. So too, it must be said, a dull mind and a weak body fail in times of strife. As such, through hardship we gain strength, and through strength, we do gain victory.
Narrow is the way to set one free Through fire and shadow it passes Few make their way and fewer shall see The path to soft green grasses
Enter we must, through the narrow gate To find our road to love and life For love is sly and eludes hearts most faint And the circle of life is one full of strife
Enter we must, through the narrow gate Lest we become of the horde in passing For wide is the way to an untimely fate And many are ensnared by its dazzling
Many will enter the path most wide And cast themselves into the void How easy it is to give way to one's pride So easy is beauty destroyed
Slim we must be to pass through the gate Discarding our false truths and idols For narrow paths do so dictate Passage shall not be made by vandals
Righteous we must be in all our ways To walk the path most true And live to the fullest of our days Doing that which we ought to do
Our duty it is to do what is right So our kin may learn as we do To find their own path, narrow and tight And muster the strength to pass through
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