Success, Me And You

Work in Progress2
I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not the things that money can buy.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not a house of my own, so that I can be called a landlord.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not a ride to wheel me through the highway.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not a bachelor’s, neither master’s nor a doctorate.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not a job – the kind that gets me a regular paycheck.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I am but a spinster, a bachelor, a lone pole with a heart.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not a son or a daughter to call my own.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I’ve sown seeds that just won’t see the light of day or grow to fruition.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I have not a first class, not a second, but sit with the rest of the ranks.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
Why, I come from rock-bottom. Far beneath the elite.

I am not a success. Yet. And that’s by your definition.
I am faceless, nameless, voiceless.

I am not a success? Yet? Now here’s my definition:

I have things that money cannot buy –
True love, true family, true friends, true relationship,
And with the Greatest Friend of all.

No mortgage in my name, yes but no debt in my name.
No ride, yes but I move.

No degrees, yes but not without an education.
Unemployed, yes but employable.

Unmarried, yes but marriageable.
Childless, yes but working hard to be the kind of parent,
That any child would be proud of.

Not of your class, yes but every bit worthy.
The tallest trees started from beneath the soil.
They were faceless, nameless, voiceless too.

I am not a success? Perhaps. But I am succeeding.
I am work in progress. And that is all I need to know.
Work in Progress