Happy Easter, readers!
For this week’s “Poem of the Week,” I’ve chosen to present something simple, straightforward, and to the point, especially in consideration to the moral it teaches. Therefore, without wasting anyone’s holiday time, here’s Ambition. Please enjoy!
August 18, 2012
There’s nothing wrong with ambition, not in and of itself,
So long as you use it to better yourself and not harm anyone else.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting more than what you have right now,
So long as you temper your desires and keep them in check somehow.
“Well, gee, Captain Obvious,” you say, “thanks for saying what we’ve already known.
All you’re doing is regurgitating knowledge that for years we’ve already owned.”
Yes, I am, but trust me, everyone, how easily people forget
Important lessons like this and end up doing things they regret,
Such as signing up with a crooked agent and paying a reader’s fee
And emptying their wallets for a service that was never meant to be
Or investing in a song to be produced, yet seeing it go nowhere
Because the music industry apparently just doesn’t care
Or even helping the masses discover what untapped resources are in store,
Only to tread on someone else’s lands and provoke a war.
Many are the mishaps that befall upon people with unchecked ambition—
Consequences deriving from acts made of their own volition,
Unfortunate circumstances that have happened time and again
And will sadly continue for years to come until only Heaven knows when
All because the people who experience them fail to learn
That the more you play with fire, the more likely you’re bound to get burned,
And the fires of passion and power are no exception to the rule,
Yet people let their whims get the better of them and end up playing the fool.
No aim is too high, no burden to great, no ocean too wide for these folks
Until they learn things the hard way and fall prey to Fate’s cruel joke
By not weighing the pros and cons and tackling each obstacle one at a time
‘Til they finally achieve what they’ve sought for so long—that one prize so sublime
That nothing else on Planet Earth could fill their hearts with such glee.
Too bad that during their quest, they end up plummeting into the sea
Like Daedalus’s son Icarus flying too close to the sun
Just when freedom’s but a mile away and therefore nearly won.
Heed this message, thus, dear friends, and be realistic in your goals.
Don’t let lust or greed get in the way of you seeing your dreams unfold.
Always have ambition, of course, but just know when enough’s enough
Before you find yourself up to your neck in trouble and things really get rough.
Well, that’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog, as always, and I hope that I’m not too late in wishing you all a happy Easter. Also, feel free to visit my author page at Smashwords.com and my Author Central pages at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk whenever you ge the chance, and until next time, happy reading!
Dustin M. Weber