50 (Sunrise at Kokino)

(for G on his Birthday)

Alone
Yourself against the world
Warrior armed with songs and guitar
Moving forward on an endless quest
Little knowing
What the future deems you will become
What the future deems you will become

Visionary songster
Half a century behind you
Bathed in sunrise
At this portentous moment
Spring your new beginning
Close your weary eyes and feel
The ancient world beneath your feet
The ancient world beneath your feet

A child of this modern age
Yet mannered as in times gone by
Times you don't remember living
And yet an old world charm shines through
In your words and in your eyes and in your smile

Assailed in this life by storm after storm
Battered, not broken -- resilient!
Holding within a sacred Light
A flame to be tended, protected, nurtured
By those She has chosen so lovingly

Who bear a torch to light your way
And strengthen your vision
As you move forward into your future
What does it deem you'll become?
What does it deem you'll become?

Visionary songster
Half a century behind you
Bathed in sunrise
In this transcendant moment
Spring your new beginning
Close your weary eyes and feel
The ancient world beneath your feet
The ancient world beneath your feet

CP Warner
27 March 2011