Aphelion Issue 265, Volume 25
September 2021
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The Day Arrives

by Jean Jones

Aragorn: "What does your heart tell you?"
Gandalf the White: "Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east."
Aragorn: "No news of Frodo?"
Gandalf the White: "No word. Nothing."
Aragorn: "We still have time. Every day Frodo moves closer to Mordor."
Gandalf the White: "Do we know that?"
Aragorn: "What does your heart tell you?"
Gandalf the White: "That Frodo is alive. Yes. Yes, he is alive."

If you survive the night, the day arrives.
In the light of day, all hope is not lost.
What does your conscience tell you?
Do not run away; do not run towards your problems,
Your concerns, your fears
But face them. Let them come to you.
Do not bring them up. Do not be in a hurry to face them,
But turn to them, with the light of the Sun present.
Unexpected allies may appear; fears may disappear.
Turn to the sun with hope.

2020 Jean Jones

Jean Jones teaches English as a Second Language Basic Skills for Cape Fear Community College. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and has a book of poems available on Amazon.com entitled Beyond Good and Evil. He has had poems published in Aphelion as well as Horror Zine online.

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