Into that long night

I’ve lived a long time,
I’ve seen many sights
during my lengthy climb
into that long night.

Some days were a delight,
some days were sublime,
and some days were a fright.

I may be past my prime,
but I’ll never quit the¬†fight.
I’ll push past the glory and the grime
into that long night.

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Hero in waiting

When the storm’s at your door,
when the waters rise,
when you’re face-first on the floor –
you’re stronger than you realize.

Don’t look so surprised,
don’t act so unsure,
as though my words are lies.

I promise there’s more
to you than meets the eye.
I’m absolutely sure
you’re stronger than you realize.

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Marathon

When I’m feeling vile,
when my temper starts to fray,
I think about your smile
at the end of a long day.

Things may look rough today,
and it may take a while,
but I know they’ll be OK.

I will reconcile
all the troubles in our way –
I’ll go the extra mile
at the end of a long day.

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Taking center stage

Listen and learn,
children anew,
to the world’s turning
echo through you.

Life may leave you blue,
stoic and stern,
and stuck in a queue.

So let your spirit burn,
not merely simmer and stew,
let the bell of your return
echo through you.

Sacrifice

Friendships made,
and friendships lost.
Prices paid,
and damn the cost.

Those I trusted most
left me betrayed,
threw me from their host.

The things I braved…
I will not boast.
My soul was saved,
and damn the cost.