Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wooden


A man’s success is not his own
despite his gifted hands;
a soldier needs a captain who
needs those who he commands.

He no more is his finest hour
than is his darkest turn,
and neither one can profit him
save what by each he learns.

His life is not a sum of strokes
he’s made along the way,
but hallways full of canvasses
he’s painted every day.

A man’s success is not his own
despite the heights he reaches;
all his knowledge dies with him
apart from what he teaches.

He is not the friends he knows
but friend as he is known,
not the wealth he’s harvested
but seeds that he has sown.

It is not faith on which he holds,
but faith takes hold of him,
a purpose not in depth of roots
but fruit upon the limb.

A man’s success is not his own
despite how he’s enshrined;
the measure of his life is found
in those he leaves behind.

38 comments:

Heaven said...

So beautifully written...

A man’s success can be found
by the words and actions
of his children.

Ink Champagne said...

I love Thursdays. As well as it being weekend-eve there's a new fabulous work to devour!

Two excerpts grabbed me in particular:

a soldier needs a captain who
needs those who he commands.

not the wealth he’s harvested
but seeds that he has sown.

Thought provoking, and brilliant - as ever! :)

Stephen Parrish said...

This should be embroidered and framed.

Catvibe said...

Exquisite Joaquin!
This stanza really got me:

His life is not a sum of strokes
he’s made along the way,
but hallways full of canvasses
he’s painted every day.

That sounds like something that would go viral on Twitter, so full of wisdom that it is. But attached to the rest of this gem, awesome!

Karen said...

Sorry to see you go again, but I know how reality intrudes. Take cere. XOXOXO

Terresa said...

The last stanza is striking:

"A man’s success is not his own
despite how he’s enshrined;
the measure of his life is found
in those he leaves behind."

The wisdom in this is profound, and rubs against the title of the piece, "Wooden" nicely.

Hope you are well & writing, Joaquin.

Sarah Hina said...

You're missed, but I hope this time has been good to you.

Anonymous said...

halleluja brother,

wise words strung in beauty

Karen said...

Don't know where you are, but I miss your work.

Sarah Hina said...

One of these days, you'll come back.

We'll keep showing up until it happens.

Moanerplicity said...

You & your gift for wordsongs are solely missed, my friend.


Snatch JOY!

One.

Lin

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You've had your three years, Mister. Enough's enough.

Aniket and I won't even make you post weekly. Promise.

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