To Accomplish a Dream

In each of us somewhere down deep inside,
A will abides which sometimes seems to sleep.
When mountains loom it even wants to hide,
Because the climb is treacherous and steep.
Think not that fate will somehow pull you up,
As in a preordained triumphant scheme,
For idle hands not once received the cup;
Hard work and will alone can cinch the dream.
So gather all the strength that you can find,
Then set your sights upon the highest peak,
Advancing upward with determined mind
That you will surely win the prize you seek.

Leave naught to chance; don't whine and moan or cry --
Ignite your will, roll up your sleeves and try!

Copyright 1996 Ruth Gillis

First published in the July/August 1996 issue
of Poets At Work

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