The Walk of Life

life lived in shades of
low-grade mediocrity
still better than heartache
more acceptable than poverty

thanks remains on his lips
though mired in debt and circumstance
firmly affixed to frugality
but cringing at the thought of happenstance

there was a time when
possession meant little
vanity and riches amounted to nothing
now responsibility places him in the middle

the eye of the needle now seems so much larger
so easily trod—so easily passed
perhaps this is how he best serves
perhaps this fate was not haphazardly amassed

to know the joy
one must endure the pain
to appreciate the sun
one must drown in rain

man is not cast off forever
but in due season
he shall reap his reward
the walk of life is never without reason

Matthew – 2015
© 2015 This Mortal Flesh


8 thoughts on “The Walk of Life

  1. This is very poignant and thought-provoking piece. Sometimes we stumble upon the reason for our being, and sometimes the reason finds us. Well done, thanks for sharing. And, as a slightly tangential side, while visiting your blog and seeing the Metallica quote at the top of the page, I couldn’t help but read this poem and think about the words to “Nothing Else Matters”.

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  2. First of all: this is beautifully written and very emotional. I must also say it’s fascinating following your “journey” through your writings. I feel like I am going through your head at various times of your life…not like an intruder, or a voyeur you understand, but as someone who might have found out everything that was going on in your life as a friend, over conversations we might have had over the years.
    Hope that doesn’t sound creepy! 😉

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