THE CALM AFTER THE CELEBRATION

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It was a late chilly night






and a slender man was sitting






near the grassy lawn underneath






the radiant moonlight











He was soaking his latest achievement






a pinnacle in his career, a milestone






for the ages. The man sits in a wonder,






even he could not believe it.






Then from nowhere a stranger walked nearby






A figure that the man could not recognize






The stranger had a curious mystic






classic demeanor with a confident






stride






He walked past the man to stand






five feet away from his side











Then the stranger asked, as he gazed at the stars,






“You’re new here?...I’ve never seen you






around”.






The man chuckled with sigh, “Yeah, I’m new






in town”.






The stranger replied, “For someone walking a new






path, you’re sure are down”






“Well, actually, I’ve worked not too far here, but this new job






is vast”






The stranger answered, “There are no jobs big or small,






making difference for all…now that a task”.











The man got quiet as he focused on this tall






and lanky unfamiliar man






all he could see was the stranger’s rich






black hair, and a pipe that he held






close in his hands











“You know what’s worse about all of this?






I was chosen for this tremendous occupation






one slip up and it’s my reputation






I always cared for people since my






days back in the windy city






I want to do well…I want to do






right






but this is all….






The stranger interrupted, “A bit of a fright?”











The man nodded, as the stranger finally looked






his way






The stranger continued, “Imagine how I felt back






in my day”.






“I inherited a country which was more divided than






today.






And racism….incomparable to the yesteryears of the






past






there were many civil right leaders since then






called for freedom to last…






…and to some degree it has….






So having the jitters is fine…..you’re human






Any man have been through those doors






in your new home






and claimed he’s not scared






is a coward






But a man embraces his fears






and carry them along….






will be a man of greatness











The man was impressed at what he heard






He immersed every syllable and every sentence






all to the last word






Then man asked, “You must’ve worked here






for years, and saw many people come and






go…






…what’s your name, I really want to know”






.. ..






“Who I am is not important,” the stranger replied






“You are now the vital organ of the nation’s






symbolic eagle eye






That said, tomorrow will be the first day of the rest






of your life






and have a hurdle of challenges like no other before






you…..”






The man interrupted, “So where do you think I should start,






What do you think I should do?”






.. ..






The stranger walked past the man as his face hit the






moonlight






And the man was shock at such sight






He noticed the stranger prominent high cheekbones






and his distinctive eyes






The man sprung from his deck chair, and shouted,






“Oh my God…






He stuttered with excitement, “You’re….”






The stranger grinned, and answered, “I told you






who am I is not important before”






The man said in wonder, “But you’re….how???”






The fellow continued, “I come still come around….






…every then and now…






.. ..






The stranger continue to walk away






But the man shouted and pleaded him to stay






“You’ll be okay” the stranger say






“Remember my words for the next






four years






embrace your fears






and they will






carry you through






Oh, and Mr. President, welcome






to ....Pennsylvania Avenue....…






.. ..






Then a tiny voice asked, “Daddy, who are you






talking to?”






The man notices a little girl wearing a






robe as she rubbed her eyes






and said, Sweetie, look who’s here






but the stranger suddenly disappeared






in the night






.. ..






He walked a few inches to look high and






low for the






fellow






but the stranger was gone






He smiled at his daughter, took her hand






and said,






“Just a friend…let’s go to bed in our






new home..






…I’m ready to start my job, the country






will be counting on me…






So let’s go to sleep, and be ready in the






morning…






.. ..






Just as the two steps inside






The man noticed the stranger






appearing again outside, as he whispered






long goodbye..






The man smiled with a discreet bow






to his early predecessor






who was an inspirational leader






and a constitutional teacher






The man mentioned the stranger






name with gratitude,






“Thank you Abe…I know exactly what I have






to do”.






.. ..






© Unique, 2009













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