It’s not about where you were born
Or the colour of your face
It’s not about who your parents are
Or where you secured a place

Success is about how far you can travel
And how much you can learn
How your roots can become shoots
And your bitter seasons can turn

It’s not about how high you have risen
Or how much you’ve got stashed
It’s not about how widely you’re known
Or with whom you’ve been flashed

Success is about how deep you can care
And how hard you can try
How your nights can become lights
And your crazy ideas can fly

It’s not about how clever you are
Or how ruthless you can be
It’s not about what plaudits you’ve won
Or your monuments to greed

Success is about how well you can do
With the hand you’ve been given
How your heart can become strong
With the love that you’re living

Wayne Visser © 2017


Seize the Day: Favourite Inspirational Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together favourite inspirational poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.. It includes many old favourites like “Poets Must Be” and “Chasing the Blue”, as well as brand new poems like “The Writer” and “Making Ripples”. Sages through the ages wisely say: / Carpe Diem – seize the dawning day / Oh, would that I could assuage that thirst / But the day conspires to seize me first! / With the hurry and scurry / Of home’s frantic flurry / And the hustle and bustle / Of work’s tangled tussle. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.