Our minds tell us to stay where we are
..not to rock the boat
to ignore that mountain

but there’s the other half of it
…words we hear only
in the darkroom
telling us to detest mediocrity

to embrace and conquer the things we hate
to roar back at our fears
whispering that pain is fuel
for greatness

©Vivian Zems

Real Toads- Halved     Poets Pantry #489