It is annoying,
even frustrating to weave along a highway and find out it leads nowhere.
All of us have made a turn or continued going straight
Ending up at the end of a road... SOMEWHERE?
There exists an abundance of Dead Ends in this world,
Both on maps and in our lives.
And if you are of any age at all,
It happens to everyone.
You are not alone.
No need to let it be a surprise.
We learn to turn around and head back to the main road,
Whatever main road that might be.
But often we are frustrated and annoyed
For wasting time on those paths
Which to nowhere lead.
Have heart my friends,
Do not despair when this happens again.
I learned from watching the kids play Mario
There is often a jewel, a key, or a helpful bit of information
In the cul-de-sacs and turnarounds that halt us suddenly
At a wall around a bend.
Now you are laughing, or crying perhaps
At the silliness of this verse.
But tell me is it not the truth
That from everything we can learn?
And if we cannot learn,
what is worse?
Even if the only purpose is to guide another by saying,
“That’s a Dead End, a no-outlet path.”
We might as well, when we are present anyways
Look for that hidden jewel or nugget of gold
tucked carefully away for us as we pass.
You might be surprised, as I often am
At how Dead Ends are good for you.
If Mario and Luigi can find them, turnaround, and then go on.
You and I can too.
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