Some heed the voices
shouting their bad advice,
not knowing they could stop their ears.
They follow the counseled path
for long years until at last their own wisdom
rises through a dry lake bed
and urges them on their own,
Would it have been a better life
if they had broken free earlier?
To stride deeper and deeper into the world
is a boon not granted to all.
Some are slow and take their own sweet time
meandering into fruitless
or downright wrong
ignoring the inner voice
that counsels wisely
until finally they do hear it,
well down the road,
and then just try to stop them
from making their own, individual strides
that lead them on, on,
as if it were the beginning
for, no matter how long it took to get here,
this is the beginning.
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