Written January 9, 2010

Quickly, quickly,
 I realized life required
 more than merely nature.
Not all my talents
 (if you want to call them that),
 are purely inherent.

I know, because,
 someone held me accountable
for failing to fulfill
 my potential.

I was not arrogant enough
 to dismiss his criticism.
I, indeed, am fallible.

He knew I could be better.
I wanted to confirm his convictions.

I like to think I did,
 for I know,
 the number one golden rule,
 above all else,
is not to settle

for less than my best.

And I want to prove,
 that I haven’t forgotten.

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