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We all possess this innate urge to leave our mark: sculptors grasp the chisel; a dog raises its leg. Uncertain is the way - the night is dark. Passions often fizzle. Both fertile and futile describe an egg. What is the force that drives this existential urge? Answers surely varied as whorls within a print, and so we race to beat that mournful dirge. Haunted, driven, harried, our heads down, burning fuel in a dead sprint. To be the first, the most, the best, or something more: it is a lonely way along a thorny path, and none are there to help us with the door. We keep the world at bay, and those who offer help incur our wrath. For those who only seek a fellow’s word of praise, depression lies ahead far more than times of joy. Crushing disappointment heavily weighs when harsh words roost instead, dashing false pride and seeking to destroy. The motive I think best is simply to be known. Immortalized? Ha, no! A rock may make a splash, but afterwards, it sinks and is alone, lifeless, nowhere to go, forced to look up and watch time’s daily flash. To walk in someone’s shoes while shouldering their pack, to bear each other's pains: indelible, this ink. For though you will soon walk divergent tracks, bound up, though not by chains, each takes along the other now, methinks. Beloved, notice carefully what has transpired: indelible indeed, imprinted on them both. So when you’re feeling hopeless, downcast, tired, and very much in need, receive their helping hand and aid their growth.

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Date: 9/6/2022 7:21:00 PM
This is a marvelous poem, Jeff, filled with excellent advice. I loved your incorporating the old saying about even a rock can make a splash, but then it sinks to the bottom. So true; so worth remembering.
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 9/6/2022 7:30:00 PM
Thanks for your comments, Milt. I'm afraid I don't always reply to comments, but I do genuinely appreciate them!
Date: 9/6/2022 4:38:00 PM
Deep thoughts and deeper consequences, Jeff. Your descriptions are true of most but not of everyone. Some choose to become mindful and slow their pace. Give up the struggle with ego and choose to accept life as it comes. Without grand exspectation, they enjoyed what is instead of what they want it to be. Something to think upon. Thanks for sharing my friend. Bill
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 9/6/2022 7:28:00 PM
Indeed, Bill - did not intend to cast all in that light! I was definitely there in the early years, learning to slow down, what's important, etc. Thanks so much for the read and the thoughtful comments!