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By Brandon Marlon
To live means to forsake the shoreward glance
and boldly set out to sea, though it be
fractuous, turbulent, unpredictable,
a probative venture manifesting mettle,
sure to unsettle, an act of faith
willfully defying augurs and haruspices,
marginalizing naysayers, debunking detractors, trading
the comfort of a cove for the courage of a cape,
an escape from arbitrary origins and confines,
a momentous determination to never let
your fate get in the way of your destiny.
Should meager results cast a pall on your quest
and question the wisdom of your endeavors,
answer bystanders with soulful counsel:
better to try and fall short then refrain and wonder;
better to respond to the inherent challenge to achieve
with alacrity and zest, striving for your best, knowing
the attempt itself, in the end, is the summom bonum
in life, that sometimes great digression from death.