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perhaps not a road to perdition, but finishing well

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almost half my life. and, perhaps many of those years intelligently designed to be the most purposeful.

the intention to build a foundation that could be viewed in retrospect with pride and satisfaction.

along the way high adventure, uncertainty, trial and travail – zesty ingredients all, and a recipe for potential.

from: A Tale of Despereaux

“have you ever had hold of the tail of a rat? at best, it is an unpleasant sensation, scaly and cold, similar to holding on to a small, narrow snake. at worst, when you are dependent upon a rat for your survival, and when a part of you is certain that you are being led nowhere except your death, it is a hideous sensation, indeed, to have nothing but a rat’s tale to cling to.”

who knew each of those years was, in truth, a lonely paver, part of a road, with ugly twists that would lead down a path of despair-filled pot holes – each possibly a portal, to each, it’s own hell.

love and devotion rewarded with undermining actions pointing toward some truth that is insidious hatred, and best left unspoken, lest they be given their fullest of power and awful, putrid fruit.

from dantes inferno:

“In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself again in [or through] a dark wood, [so dark] that the straight way was utterly lost. Alas how hard it is to say what it was like, this savage and sharp and strong forest, which even in thought renews my fear! So bitter was it that death is little moreso; but in order to speak of the good that I found there, I’ll tell of the other things I saw there.” (Opening lines of Canto 1)

and, there is no road map, light or apparent truth to guide.

perhaps only our wit; a sense of humor – oh, and iron will.

more dante:

“The leader and I by that hidden way entered to return to the bright world; and without care for having any rest we climbed up, he first and I second, so far that I saw some of the beautiful things that heaven bears, through a round opening; and thence we came forth to see again the stars.” (Canto 34, lines 133-139)

yes, I know, the road to perdition is paved with good intentions. but, what the hell?

dante, in his inexplicable quest that remains inferno, expresses his amazement at seeing so many people who were never willing to commit themselves to any real attempt to be happy, whether by choosing good or evil.

and, T. S. Eliot alludes to these lines in “The Wasteland.”:

“these fragments I have shored against my ruins, why then ill fit you.”

yet, there is always hope.

let’s pause, catch our breath, and with hope consider the Mountain Interlude from Robert Frosts the road road not taken:

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

being my fathers son, I have no choice, and, remembering His face, matched with desire but to lean forward to make each purposeful stride meaningful as the more years can yet equal triumph, and a hearty: “oh well done”.

it would be all that I can ask, and that be to finish well.

peace be to my brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

3 Comments to

“perhaps not a road to perdition, but finishing well”

  1. Avatar February 23rd, 2013 at 8:55 pm The Unsinkable brian cork™ » Blog Archive » awareness Says:

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  2. Avatar June 2nd, 2014 at 1:59 am Hoffmann Says:

    This design is spectacular! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.

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    – Hoffmann


  3. Avatar June 11th, 2014 at 11:34 am Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Thank you. And, welcome, here.

    – Cork


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