A dark Autumn night

I stand virtually alone on a beach.

To my left

to my right

sand reaches as far as I can see.


Above me the stars reach heavenward

continuing further than my most vivid imagination can fathom.


In front of me the ocean spreads

rich with its treasures

calling, pleading, inviting…


The choices are all so appealing




Behind me the view is obstructed

by a building not more than fifty feet away.

This choice is also appealing

home, the familiar

but that is the past

and my life is the future