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The Road Into The Dark Essay

1084 words - 4 pages

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Sole. For as they walk through the cobblestone streets, they whisper their goodbye to the great gardens and the uniform but inviting homes. There are no mansions or palaces because, to the people of Sole, all who dwell there live in mansions. The city itself, a palace. They enter the grand courtyard and slowly pass the fruit trees with the golden leaves shimmering in the moist breeze. The voice of wind blows in from the ocean on the Eastern shore of the city. Pacified by the slumber of the city they approach the perimeter of Sole, hesitant and unsure of what is beyond the walls of coloured rock. Vines curl around the base and climb the walls in a spidery fashion, weaving their green tapestry like a time-line accented with flowers that mirror the colour of the night sky.
Similar in hue to those flowers but not speckled white, was the Great Gate of Sole. Soaring high above the wall and arched majestically, the Gate stood closed as if to mark the end of the promised land and the beginning of some place where milk and honey no longer flowed freely. It was not erected for the purpose of war or destruction, hate or segregation. The Gate was built to hide those who lie in their death bed without a visitor, one teetering step away from vanishing into the dark; to hide pain and tragedy was it's purpose. Those who lived there knew the price that must be paid to keep their city free from wretchedness but they were also wise to the fact that they could not remove all wretchedness from the world. The wall of Sole is there to serve as a backdrop in place of the bleak landscape that lies beyond, not a wall to keep things out but to enshrine that which was within. And yet we do not question the wall, we question the peace. How can one such city exist? The ones who walk away alone, one by one, know.

I woke up today with a sense of direction for the first time since I left Sole early yesterday morning. The sun rises behind me as I walk with renewed spirit forward, onward, knowing not where I'm headed. My destination lies in silence ahead of me and with each foot step I call its name, not unlike a mother calling for her lost child in a supermarket. I stop to listen for a response and to ease my morning hunger. I'm sticky, hot and tired after walking down kilometres of abandoned highway. The cactus plants, so green and alive, contrast with the brown of the barren, shrivelled, wicked thorn trees. Carefully rationing my water, pouring only the necessary amount into my tin travellers cup, I allow myself a sip. Sweet, light bread only intensifies one's craving for food and it takes every pure and innocent ounce of willpower in me to stop eating once I've swallowed my predetermined portion. I packed enough food for only a week, hoping to find sustenance from nature's bounty if I should not reach wherever...

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