THE EXAMINATION

Validation of the thing we want to be is always there, should we look,
Because the thing we are, is what we will be;
To look elsewhere for oneself is to arrive empty
And yet, it seems, we stand to face them alone.

Courage or confidence is not within but is without, should we look,
In the faces and words of those that surround us;
Dare we face those demons that are raised,
Since, it seems, we stand and face them alone?

Images that disguise the life in front of us can disappear, should we look,
And new possibilities will open up in a testing conversation.
The blinkers removed give shape to difference
As, it seems, we stand and face them alone.

Immersed in the full flow of the force of life, should we look,
We find ourselves emerging in another.
So hold onto oneself in the torrent
When, it seems, you stand and face them alone.

In those cherished moments of success, basking in the reflected glory of others,
Let us look, let us pay heed to the people that join us there.
Never, should we face it, do we arrive alone,
Rather, human beings, we stand face-to-face together.

 

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David Scanlon – England – (1963 - )

Scanlon. D (2018) Poetry for Business : Continuing Conversations. The Foolish Poet Press, Wilmslow, England. THE EXAMINATION. Page Number 13.

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