O me, o my How time does fly O my, o me It fades into history
We'd better hurry Let us check Upon Baruch & Gulmore
Forty miles already They've traveled Upon the forest floor
Nearly two days are gone Nearly two days have passed away Let's not miss anymore Let's see what adventures come today
For now in an Aspen grove Baruch & Gulmore Are slowly walking Enjoying immensely Quintessential talking
"Gulmore, you may Think I'm delirious But upon a matter I'm unduly serious"
"Talking Nature seems to be"
'With utmost dignity The forest most cordially welcomes thee You're our priviledged guest, you see So please relax and feel free'"
"Yes, Baruch The forest also seems To be talking to me But I can't respond So comfortably"
"Sorrow and joy Seem to be playing Tug-a-war again And I fell Like the rope Being used in their game"
"I'm afraid A gigantic burst Will come to be And that A mamouth whirlpool Will come to engulf me"
"Fright Has its grasp Upon me Listen The message Will flow To thee:
'See moonlight shine Upon the foggy mists Surrounding you Hear the somber tune Being played for you'
'Death's horror Crackles in the branches Of the trees Though muffle by caskets Terrified voices yell "Let us free!"'
'Hear rattling Of tear-stained sculls Rumbling & swirling In the distant stream'
'Memories of lost moments Live and entrap them In dusty dungeons of their dreams'
'Hear the voices Of artists Rustling Within the frighted leaves'
'Hear the valley Echo the howling wind's Sound of grief'
'See trouble clouds Reach utter ens of the sky See turmoiled faces Emerge and pass by'
'See grass quiver As lightening strikes When thuder roars See trees shake in fright'"
"Oh" replied Baruch, "I feel "As you feel, most certainly But be still, I think Nature's Discourse will continue through me."
"Oh, see what falls From the heaven above To the earth below It's the manna From heaven That always comes and goes"
"See tears falling See tears falling from the clouds Hear the message that beats upon the ground so loud:
Tears of sorrow Yes, it's the fountain of youth Chain's again are broken Freedom's again on the loose
Tears of sorrow Yes, it's that gift of grace Which flowers graveyards Into a fairy tale place
Tears of sorrow Yes, it's the spring rain Which gives birth to laughter again
Yes, look into the sky See waters waltzing with light Yes, see the trodden down arise with might
See estranged colors Fruit and ripen and hold hands Smell the fragrance Of a rainbow that extends throughout the land
"Oh" replied Gulmore Most wonderingly "Talking and listening To you, indeed, Has uplifted me"
"However, night hiking Has finally got The best of me"
"Baruch, how'd you Like to rest & sleep Upon the carpeted forest floor?"
"Gladly, Gulmore You need to say No more"
So there they slept And there they stayed Until sunset passed And evening came their way
PITTER PATTER! STOMP! TROMP!
"Jeseus, Baruch, what's all The noise out there? Oh, what could it be - A rabbit? A deer? Or perhaps a bear?"
Yawned Baruch "I don't know But I've yet to open my eyes" And they looked - and wow! Two nude girls silhouetted Against the deep blue sky
Through the stream The girls ran & skipped about And on the grass They jumped around & did somersaults
Then of Baruch & Gulmore The girls did take notice And then responded By saying this:
"Take off your clothes Upon you let madness descend Accompany us, hold our hands And be our friends"
And together They roamed about On Nature's playground Until tiredness Had finally Slowed them down
Then firewood Was being gathered So they could set up camp And the girls Introduced themselves As Lucy and as Tramp
Baruch then Said most eagerly "Smell the freshness Of the trees"
"Soon we'll be sitting Underneath the starry sky Eating away And living high"
"When huddling around The fire, o who praytell O who will have A story to tell?"
Replied Lucy "I have A story and an exciting one too I'm sure it will thrill You through and through"
Now contently resting Is everyone For Lucy's story Has just begun
"Only about Five miles from here Lies the old ghost town Of Running Deer"
"And the fame of many outlaws, Prospectors and trappers still linger on But towering over 'em all Is the fame of the name of Preacher Long"
"A man of great learning And a great speaker was he And upon all matters He was considered an authority"
"The few who challenged him Were laughed to scorn For his words Pierced As a double-edged sword"
"Of fallen angels, demons And the prince of the air He'd continually harp upon With a violent flare"
"'Though God' he said 'Took away the demons' Power to materialize Don't be deceived - They are ever present In disguise'
'And they can Escape the spiritual realm In which they are bound By overtaking All weak minds That can be found'
'But no need To live In fear & gloom Give back To the Giver And be saved from doom'"
"And immense amounts Of money people gave To insure that Their souls would be saved"
"And when the Luster of the gold rush Died away At Running Deer Most people Didn't bother to stay"
"Thus, sure enough The town belonged To no one Else, but Preacher Long"
"Yes, this Is what took place Nearly a century ago But recent Happenings you Have yet to know"
As Lucy Finished her part Tramp's story Came to start:
"Remember in Mulberry At Harvest Steeple About a year ago Where lived the Odd People?"
"However, since Then we have Moved away Running Deer Is now where We stay"
"For in Mulberry We were Unstable financially And oppressed Politically"
"Yes, all our Time was spent In harassment By the government"
Then anger Jumped into Tramp's eyes And violently she started to cry:
"Oh, that vile creature! Oh, that treacherous monstrosity! That claims to protects us Preseve us and make us free"
"O beast That breathes the air so foul And displays the stench From its bowels!"
"Yes, of this abominable Nightmare we had great fear But kindling the dwindling flames Of our dreams was the discovery Of Running Deer"
"We searched that desolute And forgotten town, yes we did We found dust-covered books And moth-eaten manuscripts"
"Also a will Was found of Preacher Long's Expressing his intent For the town after he was gone"
"The town belonged legally To the nearest lving relative, yes sir'ee And that so happened to be The grand professor of Mulberry"
"Running Deer He gave to us in secrecy He gave us a hope - A mecca to which we could flee"
"But that greedy Monstrosity arose again Spreading unfounded rumors And hoping for gain"
"They pressured Dear Cunningherry on all sides Until He was fired And forced to hide"
But suddenly tears Overflowed & filled Tramp's eyes And as her voice softened She started to sigh:
"Oh bitterness Disease that haunts me so When will I forget you So that you'll flee & go?"
"Can I escape This cold practical plane That breeds suffering Contempt and disdain?"
Then for a while Quietness reigned Until Tramp Abruptly talked again:
"Wow!" gasped Tramp Almost in unbelief "I see myself As a leaf"
"I arise In spring And fall In autumn"
"Birth Is only awaiting For death To come"
"As I see myself topple The wind whispers to me 'Do not fear - you'll be remembered Rest with ease!'
'Look up and see The towering tombstone Look again! Indeed Hasn't it grown?'
'Yes, the stars Are inhaling And you're seeping in'
'Delightfully tingling Once-dormant limbs Are stiffening in anticipation'
'Oh, see fallen leaves! See those that are, Were and are to be'
'Yes, see fallen leaves! They've ejaculated To the heaven above For the tree Has reached the land of love'"
With this Evening's story came to an end Heavenly dreams Await Earth's children As they make their way to bed
Thus ends Chapter Two...