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My Resolve...

Updated on May 28, 2014
Perfection from Tony DeLorger
Perfection from Tony DeLorger

My Resolve...

By Tony DeLorger © 2014

'Tis when I look, really look in the mirror,

do I realise who hides beneath those sagging jowls,

who lurks behind that furrowed brow,

who wares those lines that mark a life.

And in that moment of recognition,

my heart aches for all I've missed,

all that life has passed me by,

lost in my choices and decided paths.

'Tis not I that relented on my aspirations,

rather what life has ensued

for me to have resisted them,

put them behind those practical considerations

that I have believed my moral duty,

my resounding 'must'.

Yet, I now peer into this aged face,

and know I wished it differently,

not regretting my resolve,

but wishing it were not limited to one life and path.

How trite my wish, like a billion before me,

but I can but feel what my heart dictates,

and in trying to fathom this pariah before me,

I must admit defeat.

Still, there is will even now, to follow this craggy heart,

to follow my dream in the wake of later life,

and I remain steadfast in my dream,

that my name will at least count for something.

'Tis not fame nor wealth that drives me,

just what my mind knows well in this life,

and the way I can expound it,

to find hearts of meaning, and inspire.

Until the end of days I shall follow,

these dreams that have led me from childhood,

and with conviction will I drive this truth,

that nags me moment to moment.

Words are my sword, love is my guide,

and hope eternal gives me strength,

to find peace in humanity,

compassion in life and a will to accept difference,

without judgement.

And even if I do not succeed,

I will die trying.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you MsDora, your words and support very much appreciated. Have a great day!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I admire your resolve. Regrets surface, but they must not burden us. The love and peace and hope and all such blessings must maintain us. You speak to me, Tony.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you Ken, and only a poet would really understand. As one I constantly wear my heart on my sleeve, letting out what resides within, with no reservation. So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to give your thoughts and understanding.

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      Ken Snowdon 3 years ago

      Your words cut to the chase here my poetic friend. Life's meaning we all are in awe of daily, we ask ourselves continually, why are we here? What is my purpose, can I leave my mark in some way that a head may turn and notice? Or will my legacy of words simply disappear like mist off a morning lake coming to life. I hear you brother, we are but simple men sharing our words we capture and seize from the air at any given moment of our waking. I say simply be, simply be YOU let age and flesh not halt your productivity, keep penning, the world is still our oyster. There will always be those who will see with eyes wide open, let us as poets never falter or stumble nor worry about our path. Our journey is never over, we will continue it long after our flesh turns to dust. Bravo Tony, I enjoyed your thoughts and verse here.