The Grand Adventure

The Grand Adventure

Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 29, 2010

 

“[Set a course for] the second star on the right, straight on ’til morning.”
~ Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek original crew, last command

 

We thrill
to tales of bravery,
and yearn
for the unique,
the dangerous,
the daring. 

 

We imagine
ourselves
arising
to a challenge
when others
faint with fear
or run away;

we see ourselves
poised
astride a noble steed,
upon a mountaintop,
at the helm,
in command;
inspiring
the multitude,
boldly going forth
to change the world,
to confront evil
face to face.

Dramatic,
admirable,
note-worthy,
famous.

After all,
that’s what heroes do;
and we know
we’ve got that in us –
somewhere –
we’d have the courage,
if we had the commitment,
if there was a need,
a reason,
a cause,
a call.

If only
the opportunity
would present itself;
if only
someone
would tap us on the shoulder
and say,
“Now is the time,
this is the place,
come, and take your stand!”

Instead we wait
and watch
with anxious longing
for the great adventure,
the grand event,
the epic disaster –
a natural catastrophe
or an invasion from Mars –
fantasizing
what we might do,
the difference
we could make.

And all along
life goes on,
seasons change,
flowers bloom,
snow falls,
some people are born
while others die,
and we,
though unmoving,
find ourselves
in a new
and different land.

The grand adventure
happened
when
we were looking
for something
important.

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