When, looking into the mirror of hope
I find far too many so deep in despair
Who willingly slough off a need to cope,
Leaving them vulnerable, requiring care :
Will it be epiphany that grabs the scene ?
Without something like that, what then ?
Do spots disappear, stripes fade, fat lien ?
From nagging disappointments, hope's when ?
Realizing a personal attitude becomes the key
To unlocking the potential energy now pent up
Awaiting release. Learning wisdom's old wise plea,
"Only knowledge sets Man free" to grab the cup.
History records, rewrites episodes sad or proud,
While shunning facts, destiny floats as on a cloud.
Ronald C. Downie
An English Sonnet