When I began my journey, I wore a dress of white.
It dazzled and became me well,
It sparkled in the sunlight.
But one day, I was careless, and I didn’t watch my steps,
Before I knew it, black flecks of mud,
Now speckled my white dress.
No matter how I tried, my dress would not come clean,
So I shrugged and said “Oh well,
I guess perfection’s not for me.”
I kept right on my journey, but it seemed with every day,
My once white dress got dirtier,
And the stains just would not go away.
Though I would not admit it, I missed the dazzling white.
Then, one day, a stranger joined my path,
And asked if I was alright.
I showed him the stains on my dress, and he said “Oh, that’s alright.
“I’ll help you forget the flecks,
If I may journey with you a night.”
And so I consented, I thought my dress would shine again.
But in the morning, he was gone,
And my dress now bore a large black stain.
On and on I traveled, begging anyone for help,
But everyone left more black stains,
And all the more guilt I felt.
Finally the day came when no white place could be found,
And though I tried to walk, I couldn’t,
I just kept falling to the ground.
As I lay there sobbing on my knees, I heard a kind voice say,
“Dear one, would you trust me enough
“To let me take the stains away?”
“It can’t be fixed,” I cried, I could not look up at the man.
“Besides, you never say the dress,
“When it was white-you don’t understand.”
He replied, “Darling I’m the one who gave that dress to you,
“And look, here is another one,
“Just your size, and white, and new.”
Finally I raised my eyes, and it was as he said.
I reached out but he pulled back, saying,
“First, a price needs to be paid.”
I said, “I’ll give you everything,” I knew now what most men want.
He shook his head, pulled up a sleeve,
And said “Love, the fee’s already paid.
“Just promise to stay close to me, and go wherever I go.”
I promised, and he smiled and said,
“That’s all I need to know.”
Now my journey is a glad one, and I’m wearing white again,
And I’ll always be indebted,
To my white dress making Friend.