Over every advance looms vanity;
With each conquest, a new ambition buds;
With every gain comes an urge to consume.
All victories add distance
To the illusory horizon of attainment.
For its eloquent encouragement to persist.
The strong soul woos elusive fruition
For its divine kiss of humility.
The grateful among us see fortune flee
And value all the more its enduring remnants. The noble pursuit sustains at every step,
And every turn reveals eternal truth.
Its fulfillment marks merely
The final syllable
Of a word one cannot speak
But every harkening heart can hear
And comprehend in timeless, breathless awe.