Tend Your Sails


We seek a sense of control

In an uncontrollable world

A battle ground immense

And we are so very small


But our battles, not external

The enemies are not without

They are within ourselves

Within our very souls


We must master our minds

Where thoughts lead fears

And fears push actions

And actions leave marks


We are but small boats

Assail on a vast ocean

And our true calling

Is to Captain the best we can


We cannot control the wind

Nor calm the tossing waves

We must seek our guiding star

And steer our own lives


That is all the control

That one can ever hope for

A steady hand at the tiller

Till reaching the final shore


14 Responses to “Tend Your Sails”
  1. 100% truth. My problem is that this, like many things, is easy to say and not so easy to do!

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Very interesting thoughts and quite a lovely poem, striving for truth, control and a well thought out and well behaved life. It takes quite a lot of maturity, willpower and mastery my friend. All the best to you,

  3. beth says:

    That’s all we have

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    This reminds me of Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous quote, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” The more popular and accurate spinoff is, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

  5. Jim Borden says:

    well said, Brad. makes me think of another way of interpreting the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally”…

  6. Harley Reborn says:

    I love when you write poems about pirates

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