Coming in Seventh

Spirit tells me that coming in Seventh is usually

Out of the limelight. Medals of Gold, Silver, and

Bronze have already been won. Even glory

May not be awarded to a Seventh place contestant.

 

So, He asks me, Why do we strive to do and to be

All that we can do and be, when we suspect that

There are those who can and will, or might do

Much better?

 

Because we are not contestants and because we must

Do and be what we can, for whatever reason?

 

Yes, and more. We seem to know that we contribute to

The glory of those who win it. We help them do and be

Better than they might otherwise do and be, simply

Because they know we are close behind them.

 

 

 

Not to be discouraged because

Spirit tells me,

Gently, I hope, or do I only imagine

A sense of gentleness, not to be

Discouraged because I never seem

Able to be all that I want to be, or

To be able to do all that

I want to do, or to understand

All that I want to understand,

Because, He tells me,

None of us could ever be, do, or

Understand any more than

A small portion of all that is

Still waiting for us to do, and be,

And understand.  We each

Will always be becoming

More of what we now are, and

More aware of who and what

We are, spirit.