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In the Palace of Possibilities, there are countless rooms.
While young, we anticipate their exploration 
not recognizing the potential peril inherent in all.

We keep the doors open and with one foot inside
look around. What treasures will be found?
We enter with abandonment excited by schemes
and dreams that invade our very souls.

The door locks but somewhere hidden 
a key exists within this sacred space. 
As time progresses we become captive 
to its charms and accept complacency. 
And in our solitude of thought, 
we stop looking. 

Underneath the shadow of the door, a light shines
beckoning us to explore once more. Why, we ask,
trade one known for something unknown?

Life settles in and impulsive youth transfigures with age.
To later rage against the race with time. 

C.A.K. 8-15-2012

Copyright © Allan Koven


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  1. Date: 6/1/2015 5:57:00 AM

    we are all handed possibilities in life that we often think our keys are useles and when that ship has sailed than we look for the key lol, living in the moment, enjoyed your write ~Luv S.K.A.T.
  1. Date: 6/1/2015 12:59:00 AM

    we simply need to find the key to unlock the chances we have in life - not all the things we face are positive but if we don't grab the opportunities we look back and can regret or we can simply get stuck in a rut:-( Hugs Jan xx