(( Sometimes I find a rhythm in prose-poetry that I just don’t get in plain poetry. This was put into a more formal poem style, but it still rings as prose poetry when I read it. Although it was written awhile ago, the message is a timeless one. And I couldn’t find “just the right image” so I didn’t add one.))
At times, I have rested on the surface of this life,
Floated, like a blown leaf, spun in ever-widening gyres
By the lone belief that I could make a difference!
When water-logged and bogged down by a chance circumstance,
Or sunk by an over-thunk torpedo of need,
I’ve had to buoy myself with Hope…
And tethered by that silken rope, found a way out
Of the eddies and swirls of the world.
I’ve started and stopped so many times,
With dreams parted and dropped behind enemy lines,
Because I tried to control the outcome.
But what I’ve learned from those actions
Is that there’s not always traction in life,
And only a fraction of what we begin gets done.
So I aim again and think, “This is what I’ll do.”
But behind that thought has to be the follow-through,
The stick-with-it-ness and desire like glue
To turn thought into action, and action to success.
If I could keep that ability foremost in this mind,
Through thick and thin and when bored, stay inclined
To finish those worth-while, wonderful beginnings…
If this life’s story’s worth telling,
Then it’s also worth winning.
The trick’s to dig deeper, to delve to one’s core,
To find that voice far inside you that cries out for more!
More out of living, and more out of being —
Not surface distractions, or reflections, not seeing —
Move beyond the smoked and shadowed mirrors,
Beyond that smog that fogs what’s clearer.
What’s clearest in life is sometimes hidden,
But that voice…that inner voice will call,
And if you follow it, where bidden,
You may just find your destiny.
You see…life extends us infinite possibilities,
But limited opportunities.
We can run with or run away from any of these,
But if we drift on the surface of life, like a breeze,
Without digging deeper, just doing as we please,
Then nothing gets accomplished and dreams
At the core there is more than any surface distraction:
Determined action can polish that goal ’till it gleams!
And when done, when finished, when that goal’s been met,
Dig deeper again, and never regret
That you tried to create a better reality.
Just remember — what you DO
Will determine “what can BE.”
~ C.L.R. ~ © 2008