August 12, 2004




it's not ended when you have said


but lies in wait for your pride


the self-congratulatory smile

that says

"I've done it!"


the sense of elation

that comes

from being tempted


the lingering wonders

that rise

from the "What if…"


it is not truly over until breath at last is gone

and we harvest the reward of our "Yes" or our "No"

and the reason for the word



After a NYCC meeting where

something happened

or something didn't.

I'm not sure

and I shudder to think.


A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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