Venturing Beyond

My life’s been a mess,

  but more than anything

  —I wanted to die well


To make up for those times

 I struggled and failed

  —and shorted the line


The people who knew me

 were driven away

   —in vain their love fell


Making love to my mistakes

 my hours were sentenced

   —through heartache defined


My life at an end

 more than anything else

   —I hope to die well


Undeserving of this honor

 I know that my chances

  —are slim, mostly gone


I still have to try

 to take any meaning

 —from this place where I dwell


A final reminder

 of all I am not

  —as I venture beyond


(Villanova Pennsylvania: October, 2018)

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