Avalonia (Jim Fidler)

I've watched her alone as she faces to the foam,
And I've seen how she deals with the hardships;
Her children have tried to inspire her pride,
And she's watched as they've died from the hardships.

Her eyes are so bright as a child's starry night,
Though she's gazed upon many's the morning;
And with every new dawn comes the strength to go on,
And she prays that her children are learning.

What terrible truth does she know but won't tell?
In the curve of her face lies a heavenly grace,
But her eyes tell a story of hell.

And all that we know is not half of what's passed;
In the eyes of our children lies the key to our folly,
And the future is rushing in fast.

Oh, Avalonia.

With wide open arms she's displayed all her charms,
While her children have gone without feeding;
And the warmth of her smile won't betray any guile,
As her heart it is sorrowfully bleeding.

What comforting words are there still left to say?
Oh, she's heard them before as they beat down her door,
And she prays that they'll just go away;
And their shouts and their screams tumble into her dreams in the night,
As the flower of her youth fades away with the truth,
And is plucked for all time from our sight.

Oh, Avalonia.

####.... Jim Fidler (Friendly Fire, trk#6, Roots Cellar Productions, ©2000) ....####
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Avalonia may be the oldest European name for Newfoundland, pre-dating the Vikings arrival approximately 1000 years ago. Perhaps she's not as 'newfound' a land as we are led to believe. History can be a very subjective thing. ~~~ Jim Fidler


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