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Poetry by Robert Stone: While needs remain, a sonnet

While needs remain
-a sonnet for those who care
If failures were just stepping stones to next,
the useless parts of past would fade away,
but disappointments tend to spoil the text
which shapes our choices as we work and play.

Success is almost failures gone aright,
the useful pieces present game will choose
but winning comforts tends to swell the plight
which goads us on to overreach and lose.

Maturity will be but one more goal,
the usable occasions now enhanced
but truly helping comes from lone patrol
which steels our hearts to giving well advanced.

Beware of saying: I have done my best;
while needs remain there is no final test.

- Robert Stone, 9 October 2011
The next previous Robert Stone poem, Robert Stone Poetry: Surfacewise, a sonnet

This story was posted on 2011-10-09 10:29:35
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