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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)

TITLE: Success
By Benjamin Graber
03/11/12


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When I tell people Iím an engineer
Metamorphosing into a teacher,
They look at me like Iím crazy,
As if I am a butterfly
Wrapping myself in a chrysalis
To become a caterpillar
As I step down
The ladder of success.

But I am not one of those
Who dig deep into stone,
Looking for arteries of gold
Or veins of silver;
I choose to reach for the sky,
And fly,
Choosing clouds
And rainbows
Over the treasures of the earth.

I do not count success
By the number of dollars Iíve earned,
Or the laurels of status
A greedy heart might claim.
I seek to be the gentle hand
Who nurtures the newborn buds,
The gardener
Who tends the opening blossoms,
And the vinedresser
Who guides the growing creepers.

If I can change a single life for good,
Then I will know
I have achieved something
That made my life
Worth living.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 03/15/12
What a lovely poem. I truly enjoyed it. Well done.

God Bless~
Sunny Loomis 03/22/12
I enjoyed this! I just recently saw 2 butterflies emerge from cocoons. Well don. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/22/12
Congratulations for placing 9th in level 4 and 12th overall!