With weary precision this traveller paints
the lines from the past to the present.
What was once so fresh and strong in mind
is now made dull and unpleasant.
The strength required to keep a pure heart
has brought greater men to their knees.
This traveller breaks; from the dangerous weight
of self-sufficiency is not freed.
Inevitably, the time to surrender
will bring a new vigor sometime,
for the standard is strong yet, the flag flies yet true;
until then, let but hope be his crime.
Written December 2012, Emma Dumitra
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