YOU YOu You you (and me)

February 28, 2011
By elizabethlarsen121 SILVER, Iowa City, Iowa
elizabethlarsen121 SILVER, Iowa City, Iowa
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A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we hadn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying.

Translucent green tints my vision
When I look at you.
Envy creeps into my sight
Tricking my eyes into seeing
What is not there.
Like looking in a mirror
I see what I wish to be.
One point better
One more admirer
Always one ahead.
Never more
But yet unreachable.
I may strive to be
What you represent.
An ideal image
A dream body
A life that I was destined to live.
But no matter how fast I run
No matter how much I sacrifice
Devote and achieve
I will never be
Able to catch you.

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