The Hardest Step [feat. Mz. Moxie]

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by: Paul Ivey
uploaded: 02/07/2015
they say the hardest step is the first one
well, yep, that's the fortune cookie aphorism
it has all the genralized truth of idiom
and all the hope of desperate motivation

I don't mean to sound cynical here
i just question the underlying fear
yes, we define time in phases and steps
but, why this need to claim the hardest

are the robo stairs at the gym
more difficult than walking out of eden
harder than the miracle of crawl to dance 
are you sure the first is harder than the last

or the next one or the penultimate one
or the one that led to the biggest mistakes
perhaps it just might be the hardest step
is simply the one you didn't take


please allow me now to further define 
the broader terms of my subtle thesis
I'm saying here that all steps are rough
even the easy can become callous

the universe seems chaotic and cruel
but how we see time defines the battles 
there's not one moment quite like the next
nor like the last, it's all a cosmic test

i really do wish the best for you
success in those ventures that move you
but sometimes the toughest step will be
simply finding the will to continue

the first step can be, indeed, difficult
so please, please, don't get me wrong
but the hardest step for me, will always be,
ever thus, the one i'm on


and now all the steps of this meditation
leads me back here to this moment with you
spitting, grunting and trying to
draw out a fight from petty feud

six million years since we monkey's 
descended the trees to 
walk towards destiny
and here you are cursing and thinking 
that you actually have some beef with me

i probably can't convince you to behave
but i'll still walk savanna 
with my head raised
i face the struggles as they come
right now, my friend, you have my attention

and well, all this juvenile posturing
just makes me think 
that though i don't know karate, i know crazy 
and the hardest step for you is gonna be
the one you take when you step to me

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