The Test

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The Test

He stretched far and wide his arms,

As far as the east is from the west,

And said, “this much is yours, give it your best.”

I looked, bright eyed as I was, at the span;

It looked as though there was no end.

I smiled, for I was still small,

And the present ever so large.

“But,” he said, “The moment I lay down my arms,

this much will be gone.”

I pondered that for a moment,

But then went along my way.

I crossed paths with bright-eyed children,

I passed over the wrinkled and weary.

Until I saw ten steps ahead, and knew the stretch was nearing.

“I’ll beat him,” I thought,

“I’ll get the to the end of that bay.”

I ran swiftly,

As the world blurred around me.

For there was still much to see.

And I remembered his words, and what he had given to me.

But then,

I tripped

And fell upon my knees.

Running too fast, trying to catch up with my feet.

Looking up, I saw those things I had seen before.

And I realized I was where I started;

Running in circles, never getting far.

Suddenly, the east wasn’t that far from the west,

Although I thought I had given my best.

And now the arms were closing in,

And I knew I hadn’t stood the test.


Isabel Ward