The clock's ticking.
But do you have the patience?
The type that outlasts needs.
Of comfort & companionship;
Of PTA and coaching;
Of intricately intimate deeds?
Are you standing by the rail waiting to jump in;
Or are you too deep into the game to cash out?
But which hand did you decide to play;
Or are you still holding out for Aces.
For that Unicorn.
You know, that mythical creature
That makes your heart flutter and your blood flow.
That brings clarity to your mental clutter.
That almost always is the winner.
We know the game.
We've been playing since we were rambunctious teens.
Exploring what life was like sans cooties.
We felt our way around the felt
Figuring out how to play the hands dealt.
Waiting for the moment to finally get Aces.
At first, patience found us.
Ending the action before the final card.
We didn't know what to do.
Though we seemed to try quite hard.
Dates were made and relationships built.
We found out not just about you, but about us.
The learning curve ascended as if it never ended.
And slowly knowledge came.
Of navigating the social scene
Of building personal bonds
Of earning respect, trust, dignity, and honor.
With minds matured, we sought our prize.
Thinking that our readiness implicitly earned us the same in another.
But when would they come?
Time passed but the action never stopped.
The game continued uninterrupted.
Understanding, appreciation, and discovery slowly crafted our decisions.
Until finally visions of the Unicorn would come into view.
And when they did
Would we be ready?
Would our chip stack be deep enough to play Aces the right way?
Not merely in money and stability;
But in character and depth?
To provide and protect?
To court the Unicorn?
Or would we be short-stacked?
Not having done enough to build our worth?
To have our mark see it to the river?
Would the hand be folded?
Tilting us to a palpitatious quiver?
Worse, might Aces never come?
Might the Unicorn exist merely in our minds?
How long do we wait?
Before we move all of our chips in on the next hand?
And not think of the rest?
I don't know what you've heard,
But I've been told patience works best.