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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Sterling Warner



Accountability—owning up to losses and gains
extending one's wingspan, drifting along breezes
centered on gulf winds above a fluctuating draft,
still floating along until cited for transgressions or
simple bowing humble heads, acknowledge each
meager accomplishment like a single footstep
up a feeble ladder, moving skyward, yet firmly
rooted in stable granite cornerstones. The motion
towards greatness's neither mentioned nor
ignored, but rests like a supine corpse buried
in a shallow grave, recumbent and peaceful,
embracing culpability like a sleepy, long-lost lover.