peace face - August 20, 2014s

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