my eyes have never seen life
as anything other than beautiful,
the pain has always been worth
the wonders and sensations

diversity has taught me color
and a grander vision of the world,
we are the image of our gods
and born to question man

every bad break encountered
has become a change in path
leading toward the next miracle
and promising sunrise

the availability of knowledge
is our seed from the ages,
at last come to fruition,
embrace it with passion

Runnells, Iowa 2015