Defining Moment: Poetry
What is a Defining Moment?
Men and women often come to a critical point in their lives when change is demanded. They demand it of themselves. They imagine the place they want to go, yet they cannot see it clearly. The defining moment is a hope, a dream, and it requires a leap of faith, a gamble. The wager must be made and it is a wager for the whole pot.
A Defining Moment, An Event Horizon, The Point of No Return
Some of you, my writer friends, know what I'm talking about. You came to a point in your lives where change was demanded, where you demanded change. You stepped out in that leap of faith into a whole new life of writing full time. It was your defining moment.
I have had at least two defining moments in my lifetime so far. I sense a third coming, but I can't see it. I don't know its nature nor if it is worth the gamble.
This defining moment distills from all my moments,
Or the nearly propless stage between the two,
A minimalist set
Where most of the scenes of my life are acted out,
And blends them into one steeping mishmash caldron,
And monotony of the day to day
Two dimensional life
Of a character dancing across the pages.
The chip stacks, my own personal skyline
Of hard choices
People, places, things, causes, effects and motives
Of a lifetime
Stand on the green of the dealer’s table.
All I have been in the ups and downs of life,
The proud moments
The sum total of who I was
Of who I am,
Slide across the betting line.
The dealer flips his cards.