Eric Beard

The Surrounding

The boy knows he has changed
And he has adapted to what once
Seemed quite bizarre.
The boy he always wanted to be
Is the man of faultlessness.
What is the purpose of life,
If there are no mistakes?

Mistakes ruin the perfectionist,
Whereas the determined thrive from blunders.
The boy who ignores what he is supposed to be,
Grows stronger if he has the drive and ambition
To run from the book, and search for himself.
What does a man really want out of his life?

The man forgets his problems,
Forgets his worries that men are selected.
Ignoring his thoughts that only the strong survive.
All men are strong if they have confidence,
Why should the boy care because he differs from the man in the picture?

The man realizes his craving for enjoyment, thrill and exuberance.
Life turns into a search for fun,
The normality in life is far from ideal.
The memories of childhood seem so foreign,
A man learns that life in perspective can make everything positive.

Walk away, walk away from the questioning,
Forget about the facts you do not know.
There is no true guide to life,
And there never will be.
Everyone’s path is unique; there are so many different ways to succeed.


Copyright 2002-2006 Student Publishing Program (SPP). Poetry and prose 2002-2006 by individual authors. Reprinted with permission. SPP developed and designed by Strong Bat Productions.