Mark Bratlie


The Edge of Humble


Striving for true humility
can be a dicey affair
For should you achieve success
it may be difficult to bear

Walking on the edge of humble
is likewise a chancy goal
But effort may be well worthwhile
if one sees the picture whole

Humbleness need not preclude
firm voice and strong opinion
Still, it's not far over the edge
to the land of cerebral dominion

Courage to take a definite view
and to stand up to opposition
Need not tip toward obstinance
and unwillingness to listen

True humility stands tall for truth
with awareness of partial vision
Gentle strength and calm resolve
are part of the humble equation

A humble spirit strives for balance
without egotistical flair
And the journey toward true humility
is awaiting those who dare

Submitted: Saturday, February 02, 2013
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