dpbowman

The posings of a poet.


THERE IS
            A DREAM
                A FATE
                        A QUEST

WITH WHICH
            EACH
                 ONE OF US
                        IS
              BLESSED

SOME PREPARE
            AND PLAN
                        PURSUE

OTHERS
            ONLY THINK
                        THEY
                            DO

OTHERS BELIEVE
            IT’S
ENOUGH
            TO TRY

SOME
            TAKE WING
GET
                     CLOSE
AND
                        DIE

AND ONLY A
            VERY
                  CHOSEN
            FEW

FIND THE
            OMENS
                THEY’RE
                        MEANT TO

AND MEET
            THE STRANGEST
                SORT OF
                        FOLK
AND
            FIND THAT
        EVERY
            DAY
                THEY WOKE

THE UNIVERSE
            IT DID
                  CONSPIRE

TO BRING
            AND
       REDEFINE
                DESIRE

BY WAFTING
PROMISES
ON
                           THE
                                    BREEZE

BY DARING
            PULLING
                        BY
   DEGREES

UNTIL THE SIMPLEST
            LIFE
                  HAS
                        WALKED

WHERE OTHERS
            HAVE ONLY
                        DREAMED
            OR
                        TALKED

THEN FIND
            THE
                        PULL
            TO
                        INDUSTRY




WHERE MOST
            GET CAUGHT
                        FORGET
            TO SEE

HOW LIFE
            IS
               MORE
THAN GIVE
                AND
            TAKE

BUT MORE
            ABOUT
THE MARK
                        YOU
                           MAKE

THEY
        FEAR
THE DAY
            THEIR
          QUEST
                        IS DONE

THAT
            THEIR
STORY
            WILL BE
                        ALL
BUT
 DONE

FEW SEE
                        THROUGH
AND
     ESCAPE
            SUCCESS

AND FOLLOW
                          AFTER
THE WIND’S
                                    CARESS



THEY’LL
                 LEAVE
                               BEHIND
SECURITY

JUST IN HOPE
            OF
                 PURITY

THEY’LL
                        CROSS
THE
            WORLD
                   TOWARD DESTINY

TO HEAR
            A SIMPLE
                        PROPHECY

AND AS
            THEY
             TRAVEL
                  AS THEY
                        ROAM

THEY’LL OFTEN
            CAST A THOUGHT
                        TOWARD
                                    HOME

AND WONDER
            WHAT THEY’VE
                        LEFT BEHIND

BUT THEY
            CANNOT
                        MISS
                              WHAT IS
                                    THEIRS
                                                TO FIND






AND SO THEY
                           PAUSE
                                       IN
                            PLACE
                                    OF
                                      REST

AND HERE
            THEY
                FIND
                        THE SECOND
                                    TEST

THE BEAUTIFUL
            EXOTIC
                        SHE

THE TEST
            THE TRAP
                        INTIMACY

MOST WILL
            SETTLE
                        WITHOUT
                                    A THOUGHT

THAT THIS
            IS HOW
                        A DREAM
                        IS CAUGHT

A PINNED
            DOWN NOW
                        FOR ALL
                                    TO SEE

WHEN
            IT SHOULD
                        HAVE BEEN
                                                LEFT
            WILD
                        AND
                                    FREE



BUT SOMETIMES
            THE UNIVERSE
                        CONSPIRES

TO GIVE FEW
            OF US
                        OUR
                              TRUE
                                    DESIRES

AND ALL
            WE HAVE
                        IS
                                    BUT
TO
            WAIT

AND TRUST
            THE SIGNS
                        AND
                                MAKE
                                    OUR FATE

FOR IF YOU
            GRASP
                        TOO SOON
            AT
                JOY

YOU FIND
            IT BUT
                        A BROKEN
                                    TOY

PERHAPS
            ONE
            OR
            TWO
                WILL SEE

ONLY
            FULLFILMENT
               MEANS
                        TWO   
                           CAN BE

ONE CONTINUES
            ON
            THE
                        QUEST

ONE WILL WAIT
            AND WATCH
                        THE WEST

ON THROUGH
            DANGERS
                        TOILS
                            SNARES

BOMBARDED
            BY INCONSEQUENTIAL
                           CARES

TO CONTEMPLATE
            THE WORLD
                        SO
                                    VAST

ONE LEARNS
            TO SEE
                        THE TRUTH
                                    AT LAST

YOU CANNOT
            CONTEND
                        WITH
                                    ENORMITY

SO FOCUS
            AND FIND
                        SIMPLICITY

AND HERE
            DAWNS
                        TESTING
            NUMBER
            THREE

THE BATTLE
            WITH
                        INSECURITY
WHO IS IT
                        I
AM MEANT
                        TO BE

HOW TO DEFINE
            THE
                  CORE
                        OF
                            ME

LIFE FEELS
            SMALL
                        AND THREATENED
                                    HERE

ONE WISHES ONE
            COULD
                                    DISAPPEAR

BUT HERE
            IS WHERE
            WE
                        CHANGE
AT
            LAST

THE JOB
            THE LOVE
                        THE DOUBT
                                    ARE PASSED

THERE IS A TREASURE
            YET UNTOLD

IF WE
            WITH THE
                        WIND
            LEARN TO
                        UNFOLD

THE UNIVERSE
            WILL
                        CONSPIRE
                                    THUS

TO MAKE
            PHILOSOPHER STONES
                        OF
                             US

AND RETURN
            US BACK
                        FROM WHENCE
                                    WE CAME

SO LIKE BEFORE
            BUT
                        JUST
                                 IN
                                      NAME

12/1/11
*Note: This is my first attempt at synthesizing the lessons I learned by reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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