Sunday, November 02, 2003

These songs of mine

So many times things don't turn out the way you planned them to or hoped they would. Several times in my life I've reached a point where I knew I didn't like where I was or where the direction my life was heading. One such occurrence several years ago was the toughest of them all. It took a great deal of soul searching to realize that I was wrong and that it was okay to be wrong. To believe so strongly in something and walk away from it was tough.

It was a very dark time in my life. As I was searching for answers to the shipwreck called my life, I happened upon the poem below on some website somewhere, maybe Bartleby. It spoke to me on many levels. It helped me to realize that life doesn't always take the path you think it will but I can't whine. In spite of it all, I've lived a damn good life and will continue to line up at the fountain. I believe there's a few sips left.

"So let them pass, these songs of mine."
By: Don Marquis

So let them pass, these songs of mine,
Into oblivion nor repine;
Abandoned ruins of large schemes,
Dimmed lights adrift from nobler dreams,

Weak wings I sped on quests divine,
So let them pass, these songs of mine,
They soar, or sink ephemeral
I care not greatly which befall!

For if no song I e'er had wrought,
Still have I loved and laughed and fought;
So let them pass these songs of mine;
I sting too hot with life to whine!

Still shall I struggle, fail, aspire,
Lose God, and find Gods in the mire,
And drink dream-deep life's heady wine;
So let them pass these songs of mine.

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