Striving Ends… When?

Something in me thrives on challenging
The norms You All have thrust, but
At some point I know Striving Ends… When?
I keep thinking I am Now Finished,
I have Said It All, Things are just So.
Then my next End’s more Satisfying.

The young ones Find Fire Satisfying;
Safety makes the Thrill less challenging.
Engaging in the Danger is so
Pleasing, and We have shouted “No!” But
Still the flames Arise when We’re Finished.
At some point I know Striving Ends… When?

At some point I know Striving Ends… When?
When all fails to be satisfying?
With Christ on a cross: It Is Finished?
When Challenge becomes Too Challenging?
When we are Wrung of our Last Drop, but
There is More Out Front to be Done. So?

So.
At some point I know striving ends… When?
When our Sentences don’t end in “but”.
When What Will Be is Satisfying.
When Love for Least is Less Challenging.
When All to Be Finished is Finished

Which is to say, we’re Never Finished.
We go on. We go on. We go so
The Thrill is Continued Challenging.
At some point I know Striving Ends… When?
I keep looking for satisfying,
And the sentence always ends with “but”.

But…
Some Day – the Fatigue will be Finished
Whether or not it’s Satisfying.
I have said it all, and things are So.
At some point I know striving ends… When?
Fathoming the bottom… challenging.

Still not always satisfying, but
My challenging is not yet finished.
So… When?


This was my first shot at a Sestina:

Sestina

A complex French verse form, usually unrhymed, consisting of six stanzas of six lines each and a three-line envoy. The end words of the first stanza are repeated in a different order as end words in each of the subsequent five stanzas; the closing envoy contains all six words, two per line, placed in the middle and at the end of the three lines. The patterns of word repetition are as follows, with each number representing the final word of a line, and each row of numbers representing a stanza:

          1 2 3 4 5 6
          6 1 5 2 4 3
          3 6 4 1 2 5
          5 3 2 6 1 4
          4 5 1 3 6 2
          2 4 6 5 3 1
          (6 2) (1 4) (5 3)

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