Old gravel road

Winds past the small baseball park on the edge of town

Leads to the iron ore open pit,

Rough dirt road scraped across a field, through trees

Past our favorite blueberry patches,

Hard, weather beaten road

Good for picking special rocks

Red rocks that shine in the sun

Yellow rocks that glow in the hand

Agates like jewels.

A young boy’s rich delight

A young boy’s path of discovery

The good search- eyes fixed, focused intently

Step after careful step

With eyes like superman’s that penetrate

Sort and sift and find these treasures

Fifty feet, a hundred yards

Half a mile, a mile, maybe more 

And the pockets bulge,

Precious stones, this young boy’s marvel.

Another rich day full of wonder

Fresh air, blue sky

Longyear Lake not far away, fish that wait

Swimming and floating to do.

A good summer day to wander into imagination

To let thoughts run free

And the mind explore,

Expectations of others forgotten

To just be a kid doing kid things. 


About Gary Bertnick

I was a Minnesota teenager in the late 1960's. I was drafted into the military after an intense time at an engineering school. As a graduate chemical engineer and former athlete, I became a Marine Corps private. The Lord spoke to me through a friend while visiting Rapid City,S.D. My true discipleship began in Southern California and was boosted through association with Morris Cerullo Ministry and others. I fed upon the Scriptures and have learned to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know what the fear of the Lord is. What I write is done to honor the Lord and to touch the lives of those who know Him as well as those who should.
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