Danny Speicher

Freshman - 752 Points (February 26,1982 / Lawrence, KS)

Life Of Purpose - Poem by Danny Speicher

This, a lifetime of trial and error
Of great hope and eventual let down
Of pure delight and imminent terror
A smile one second; the next, a frown

Blessings flow endlessly and with much grace
They flow against tides of expectation
Too often, they are thrown back in His face
Selfish pride consumes us in this nation

Money, sex, power drive us to our goal
The shifting winds of culture knock us down
Until we bow to the opinion poll
So no unique opinion can be found

This, a lifetime of pressing through, onward
Onward, but so rarely upward, we move
And we speak words but rarely truth is heard
Because the others might well disapprove

May we learn to stand on our own two feet
Finding our individuality
Again rising to challenge their deceit
Driving out hate in its totality

Rise up, rise up and ne’er fear to stand firm
Close out the voices echoing within
And each day, choose to rise up and affirm
Life with purpose; proud of where we’ve been

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 30, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, December 30, 2011

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