8-22-11

How many pennies can you milk from
a dollar-
how many hours can you get from
a bulb-
how much water can you pour from
a bottle-
how many minutes can you squeeze from
an hour-
each breath we take compresses and
expands-
but we all know that one day that motion
will cease-
there’s only so much gas swimming in that
tank,
and there’s only so much road to travel-
it’s only a matter of time before the engines
stop-
but where one engine stops, another revs up-
where one heart ceases, another begins-
one bottle is emptied, another is filled-
a penny gets spent, but a dollar is made-
each breath we take does compress and
expand-
that’s the cycle that we’ve all chosen-
happiness is a gift not guaranteed-
success is a joy not freely given-
grief on the other hand, is a false ally-
it plays the friend when an ear is needed-
it plays the lover when loneliness rules the
air-
it plays the senses when all around us have
failed-
that’s the cycle that we’ve chosen-
if gold is in your hand, don’t be afraid to
close your grip-
don’t be ashamed to accept your worth-
don’t be afraid to walk the green grass
with bare feet-
a smile is daunting if all you’ve known is a
frown-
there’s only so much gas in that tank-
there’s only so much road to travel-
it’s only a matter of time before the engines
stop-
but when they do, that’s when the real
road begins*

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