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My Soul, My Dream, My Team:

We are dreamers, we humans.

We reach out eagerly to that which lies above us
Tempted by its unattainable nature and egotistically;
We simplify the task that lies before us...

We climb without any forethought, without preparation;
Recklessly we charge head on for our goal -
And eventually, we lie broken by our failure.

I myself, Captain as you call me,
Am little better than a foolish dreamer.
One who dreams in a childish manner;
Unaware of his impotence, when left alone.

How many times have I been saved by others?

When I lack time, it is my officers who stand,
They keep the ship running smoothly,
Expending hours of precious effort.

When I fall, it is my co-captain who rallies me,
And reminds me of our responsibility -
One that we owe to our readers and friends.

When I write, it is my team - my uncles,
Who lay the path before me;
They give their time and their heart,
Supporting my work from its birth as but a simple idea.

And when I am down, it is my love that holds me,
She carries me ever higher and inspires my word;
Through her own perseverance and present struggle to live.

I am but a man who wears the title of Captain

I am also unsure if I deserve this honour,
But to realise just how many others are putting their faith in me;
It feels as though I've been splashed by cold water...

To know how many have given their time and effort for this,
There is no way that I can adequately express my thanks.
For no man is an island and only together can we truly achieve.

To struggle is to be human,
But to overcome it together,
As our hearts and minds connect...

That I believe is what it means to live...

-Chen Yuan Wen, 2nd January 2013
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Author's Comment:

Arrr maties,

T'night I wanted t' talk about the team. That is t' say me uncles and me co-captain, me officers and every single reader who supports Word of Chen.

In the time that I've spent writing this e-book, I've come t' realise just how much I depend upon others and though people might call me 'talented', I'm really just one aspect of the great machine.

For example (and this quote is taken right from one of me favourite mangas) on a stage ye see the idol shinin' but what about the stage crew that works th' lights and the theatre. What about those individuals that take th' time t' make sure everything is ready and in tip-top shape. There really is no replacement for havin' an amazin' team and although there may only be a single head or 'face' of that team; one must never forget about the effort of everyone else.

It is for that reason, that I wanted t' express how important everyone is t' me, because without their assistance I'd never have made it this far.

In the end there is only bitterness awaiting us if we march alone, but together, even a mountain can be conquered.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

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Acalanthide Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. Thank you for this. "For each man is an island on thee sea of chaos, and many islands make the chaos easier to live through."
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye ever so kindly fer readin' it me friend ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
Umioko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved it - powerful and a positive message!
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye, I'm very glad ye enjoyed it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
augumon05 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
one must also make sure not to try and crush others when receiving help from them, so that there will be more people to help you when you need it in the future.
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Crushin' others be th' kind o' thing I avoid. Though I actually talk about death and killin' alot in me works, I'm actually quite th' coward; probably because I know how hard it is t' live when you've been crushed.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
augumon05 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
i don't know if i am a coward or not, hard to tell when one doesn't know how he should feel about things. not even sure if i would be scared if someone had a gun to my head. Sometimes i wonder if I am normal enough or not.
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Well isn't that just somethin' that makes ye unique. I'm not th' type o' person who cares too much about what's 'normal'. I ain't very normal meself after all

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
augumon05 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
yes, but you set yourself aside from others, you try to inspire them, entertain them, inform them, which is something few people do.
Azedarach Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Inspiring.... very, very inspiring. I've visited the concept of man's power-lust and learning experiences in my novels (as well as essays from school, on a more technical note). It's certainly something that human beings go through almost naturally.... an inclination, so to speak. The question is, how do you put it into poems so well? *kudos*
I've been considering joining your Pirate group for a while, but I haven't read through all the rules yet. Too busy writing. :P
Which, all in all, is probably good sign.
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