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every day is a battle
between flesh and spirit
between intellect and volition
between interest and obligation
between knowledge and practise
between perception and reality
between truth and environment
between journey and destination
between vision and myopia
between notoriety and obscurity
between genius and competency
between belief and observation
between promise and cynicism
between tears and composure
between hope and fatigue
between comprehension and vacancy
between timing and faith

this battle was begun
with the high ideals
possessed of all who enter

battle-weary and disillusioned
the battle will continue
until no one's left to fight

© 2008 (6 june) john r. chase

...to him who overcomes... I will give a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it...