The narrow straits are dire,
they are strewn with traps and dangers,
there are reefs and shallows everywhere,
but improvising through the crooked path
with care and calm and cool determination
will eventually bring all things through
without as much as the minutest scratch,
if only you avoid temptations and bad temper;
if you lose it, everything is lost.
Thus will you save your love through any danger,
and each trial will be only for the best
edification and good lesson of survival.

Poetry by Christian Lanciai The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2010-08-15 at 09:17

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I will never learn to avoid temptation, nor will I learn to maintain my temper. But the rewards you conveyed cause me to see what I may be missing, and what effect that has on those I love.