Photo Prompt #40 – December 23, 2014 – The Goal


Image: Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez

In any life long pursuit it’s the last bit that is often the hardest.

Getting the writing done.

The editing.

The endless rewrites.

Maintaining belief that what you are doing is worthwhile

That you have an audience.

An audience who will connect with your words

Who will appreciate the drama you present

Get the metaphors

Understand and empathise with your themes

Your characters,

Tell others, write encouraging comments

Give you that sense of being heard.

One’s life is so like this

From birth to death we all headed in the same direction.

All we do marks us for the person we are.

Do we give or take?

In those last miles of life in sight

Do we doubt our ability?

Those remaining steps

The effort required

The breath we have to use

The physical strength which

Saps as we put one foot ahead of the other

Knowing we are being drawn towards an inevitable end.

That final step achieved,

Where we can at last be at peace

Relinquishing human form and earthy ties

There to greet us is our unearthly form

Welcoming us home.

An old man walks along the tracks of life

He is tied

He has walked far enough

One last obstacle awaits

A two-mile set of steps.

There is no going back

One foot after another he sets off.

Ahead of him an old man looks down

Smiles, knowing below him the old man

Will persevere

The goal worth the effort.

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12 Responses to Photo Prompt #40 – December 23, 2014 – The Goal

  1. phylor says:

    Wonderful commentary on the journey life (& of a writer). I hope those 2 mile steps are actually escalators to Heaven’s gate. The man is tired, if good, he deserves some ease, some pleasantness in his final journey.

  2. Prajakta says:

    Every step counts! What a steely, hopeful and encouraging poem Michael…

  3. Our journeys are often hard, as we grow older they become tedious. Very well written Michael.

  4. It is always the last stretch that is the toughest and the most rewarding…bravo!! love this very much, Michael.

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