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lions guard the bridge
dragons dance and pagodas
reach to the heavens
painted tiles pave the way for pilgrims
bare feet cross
into the unknown
and disappear into nowhere
like Jacob's ladder
or the Indian rope trick
like climbing the 7000 steps
of Tai Shan - the Stairway to Heaven
 
     step... step...step
     each step a lifetime
     that vanishes in a moment
 
the light is soft and the music sweet
crossing the River of Dreams
one lifetime after another flowing by
from a source high in the mountains
into the Ocean of Consciousness
 
looking down at reflections
in the river below
faces change continually
but the eyes remain the same
 
old souls line the way
with paper lanterns
wishing them well
children fly kites and smile
crowds cheer as they pass by
and reach out to touch their hands
confetti falls and a paper moon
hangs in the sky
 
     step... step...step
     each step an instant
     that lasts for eternity
 
just place one foot after the other
that's all you have to do
don't think there is something better
not for a moment
stop wishing it was so
and you will find contentment
hiding under the bridge
and flying under the wings
of birds above
saying come with me
I will keep you company
just look above you and below
and into the eyes of everyone you see
they are all the same
 
as tiger climbs the mountain
as the crane soars high
as the stork spreads his wings
and foretells prosperity
and happiness in the New Year
so also only good can come of this
it is the natural course of things
it is the way of nature