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sometimes you have a run of luck –
what we call luck, anyway.
the universe smiles and shines
a spotlight on you
and a wonderful thing happen

you are gifted with something looked for,
prayed for, wished for, worked for.
you are blessed with confidence,
buoyed by success, enriched by a gift
or warmed by love

then there are times
the universe leads you to a tree and
you look up and see that perfect apple,
that luscious fruit you’ve been longing for
but it hangs inches away from your grasp

your arms are just that much shy
from being able to pluck it.
there’s no springboard, no ladder,
no one to lift you and nothing you can stand on
to claim that prize

best not to linger and look too long
or you’ll find yourself hemmed in
by a circle of thickets,
sprung up while you were dreaming,
frozen forever in the vise of hopeless yearning

it’s the cruelest of jokes,
the torture of the unfulfilled,
when that which we desire most
sits before us,

© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

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  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayover 1 year ago

    story of my life…well written and so true. it is called Life

  • Thank you, Mark, sometimes it’s the story of many of us.

    – RC deWinter

  • woodie123
    woodie123over 1 year ago

    beautifully written, I have had times like this, some times we all need a helping hand to raise us up. but I think impossible is two letters too long.

  • I’d like to believe that, woodie…thank you

    – RC deWinter

  • devotee1
    devotee1over 1 year ago

    For sure; difficult, though, to be practical, as you say, with the dream of one’s lifetime dangling in view but out of reach.

    Sometimes seeking is not the answer
    if when we look
    we are looking for things that are hidden
    therefore our focus is on barriers….

  • Well, I’ve blasted one dream since posting this, so I can move on to the next – perhaps something more possible.

    – RC deWinter

    MINDSETover 1 year ago

    True, good writng……….

  • Thanks so much.

    – RC deWinter

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