This life is not for the timid or weak of spirit. Defeat is everywhere. So pluck up your courage, open up your heart, raise up your head and be steadfast in your stance. Find your rhythm, stretch your mind and let your peace within steer you through. For if you are unflinching in your desire and commitment and rise above your exhaustion and aches, this life will come out to meet you and hold your hand and call you friend. Its smile and beauty will hold you in embrace and comfort you. Its acceptance will inspire you and you will know that life is not forever and for a fleeting moment you will rise above your fears and doubts and know what it means to be alive and free.
(c) Art Poulos, June 2009