Hanapepe Bridge

In the shadow of everything grand, sits courage.

It lies in quiet moments of surrender,

in calmness beneath the surface of the ocean.

in silence,

and in speech,

in crowds,

and in isolation.

It invites, but does not require company

and is seldom a medal of honor.

In truth it’s hidden

behind the face of a mother

in every black sheep,

in failure and in success,

not just the soldier, but the stay-at-homer, the 9-5er, the EVERY DAY man.

It is the quiet victories

not just the well documented ones.

It’s as much a part of the fighter

as in the peacemaker.

It is a test,

a challenge,

a lesson learned, and

the road to true happiness.

It is a choice

and yet it is present

at birth.

It is an open hand,

and a vulnerable heart.

True courage is something to marvel at from afar,

but resides in the potential of every man.

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