Give it the College Try

Truths that you wish were not
Or if only they were known and understood
Before they stand in the way of good things
Learning the hard way hurts more than the one who learned
Lessons from all sides, deep fires burning
Walking out on the cliff
Swimming out in the deep
Taking the risks of loves leaps
Cuts that come even when you think its safe
Its all in the way of things
Sighs and redeeming
Wondering, waiting
Losing and gaining
Can’t stop life from living
Can’t stop death from grieving
Can’t stop love from beating
No way out but to stay in
Put it on the line
While keeping it together once again
Only have a chance to win
If you play the game wholehearted
Hold ‘em or fold ‘em
Shoot for the bulls eye
Aim for the fence
Hail Mary at the end
Chips on the table
Rack up the pins
Roll the dice
Give it the college try
Losers never win if they won’t keep playing
Hearts meant to be on fire
Smolder, flame or blaze
Truth is, it’s the only way

– Sherry Carlstrom –  October, 2013

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