Thus Came the Opportunity

A villanelle on the meaning of community
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The important thing was integrity.
Especially at first, from the start.
Thus came the opportunity.

As he joined the crowd in gaiety
acting together came music and art,
the important thing was integrity.

Who was he, what was destiny?
A shadow, yes, but unique and a lark.
Thus came the opportunity.

So venture adventure, ride calamity
he thought. This was his truth, his art.
The important thing was integrity.

Then came the curious trip, a bold serenity
coming from his spirit and deep in his heart.
Thus came the opportunity.

This is the strength of community:
the people together yet uniquely apart.
The important thing was integrity.
Thus came the opportunity.