If I could set the standards I must meet,
Does common sense not indicate that I,
Would place the bar mere inches from my feet,
To effortlessly clear it when I try?
Or do I choose a steeper, nobler path?
One fraught with challenges at every turn,
Praying to God to spare me from His wrath,
While I with pride the lighter burdens spurn.
Our mentor, Socrates said, “Know thyself.”
Surely a task much easier said than done.
There is but one book found upon my shelf,
To help me gauge how my life’s race is run.
But if to you, myself I must compare,
Of any passing grade I should despair.
Written for Professor Jeanette Berger at the University of North Florida