How far must you travel
before they say you are worldly?
How hard must you work
before the monument is built?
What does it take to impress them?
Two short decades of accomplishment
fall short of glory by a signature on paper,
gain near-respect but are merely acknowledged.
Excellence becomes standard,
and standard becomes unacceptable.
Achievement is expected,
but not recognized when it is provided.
How much farther would encouragement
carry the gold pyramid cap
than criticism of how far it was dragged
by the young, weary workers?