Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tenuous Peace

author's note:

I'm amazed at those who perform the high-wire acts.


I feel as if one slip
could destroy my peace

yet I try not to be
overly cautious
because if I'm too afraid
of losing balance
I'll trip myself up.

How can peace truly exist
amid such weakness
of mind?


as I listen
for any remnant of that peace...

I find a quiet
which, though tenuous
is definitely real:

a balance too delicate
for this imperfect man
to maintain its perfection
for more than a few steps.

But I’ve finally decided
not to consider the cost
of all those falls
when I measure my success--
consider instead: the amount
of honest effort spent...

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
glorious tedious transformation: the book

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