After spending an evening on the beach in Wilmington N.C., I came back to the room I was renting from a chemist while starting grad school and I wrote this poem. I know I was influenced by the fact that I was far from Oklahoma and have always had this inner longing to really connect to and understand people. In addition, I enjoy the Tennyson poem, Ulysses, especially those last few lines...
...that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.