Reaching a Hilltop

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i reached a hilltop today
during my journey
towards dreams realized
during my journey
towards dreams fulfilled

it was a place of reward
for all the hard work
of treading trails led
by visionaries, patriarchs,
and pioneers

it was a place of rest
for strained muscle
a place of escape
for stressed nerves

a relief for all the headaches
a solace for all the heartaches
a band for the breaks
and ice for the burns

it was a cool, calm place
where i wiped away my sweat
a room of silence
where i quieted my fears

a spot caressed by winds
where i soothed my tension
a place warmed by sunlight
where i dried my tears

as i gaze on past paths
i remember friends,
i remember family
some no longer here

i smile as i reflect
on those pleasant times
that helped me through the hard days
year after year

so i stand on this hilltop
and i peer ahead
surveying landscapes
planning paths for tomorrow

off to my next daring pursuit
off to my next phase
off to my next adventure
off to my next dream to fulfill

towards my next hilltop

i will follow

How I Play the Game

How I Play the Game

when I was young
my peers told me
i needed to carry a blade
to survive

but i said no

when i could smell myself
my contemporaries told me
nice guys lose
you need to keep your gun

but i threw it away, anyway

when i first walked
through corporate corridors
my handlers coached me
be crude, be vicious, be cold

but i kept my meek, warm heart

and when the doors open
i will play to win

How Will I Fare When I Stand Before Goliath

How Will I Fare When I Stand Before Goliath

How will I fare before a Goliath?

will discouragement from family, friends
invade my ears, my heart, make me stand down

will the terror of his girth, horror his sword
make me cower, fret, lose nerve, run and hide

who is this Goliath that makes me shrink
from following after my dreams?

the apprehension of taking a risk,
the fear of failure pursuing success,

the timidity of stepping on stage,
the avoidance having, achieving goals,

who is Goliath that makes me stand down?

i will not stop my pursuit of success.
i will not run away, will not retreat

The Day I Decided

THE DAY I DECIDED

the day i decided
to become a writing,
writing, writing warrior
is the day i decided
to sacrifice that extra
hour of sleep
two or three times
a week to finish
that last stanza

the day i decided
to become a writing,
writing, writing warrior
is the day i decided
to finish required reading
to finish planned writing
two or three times a week
before I sat down to eat

the day i decided
to become a writing,
writing, writing warrior
is the day i decided
to dedicate myself
to study and writing
without stealing time
from my wife, children
or that boss on my day job

the day i decided
to become a writing
writing, writing warrior
is the day i decided
how to pursue
my daily discipline
not of physical training
but conditioning of
my thinking and
of my mind

the day i decided
to become a writing,
writing, writing warrior
is the day i decided
to enter my bootcamp
the day i stripped myself
of pleasures for a season
the day i dressed in rags
the day i wept
the day i fasted

the night i let sleep
pass me by
the morning i rose
from many nights
at my desk
laid my pen down
raised my blinds
and smiled
as i realized

we are warriors