Courage and Chasms


Sometimes you run across people who inspire you, who give you pause, who lift everyone else up around them and leave you wondering about what you think and know. I have been fortunate to have a friend in my life like that recently. This is for her.

Courage and Chasms

One step

Across the chasm

Leaves her cracked and breathless

Wind stealing words

Slowly swinging and swaying

At the mercy of things she cannot control

She steps forward

Unbound Now

But Holding on Tight

Sliding hands and feet across great gaps

Carefully

With great intention

She will not fall

Like seeds buried in the earth

Reaching for the sky

But not knowing which direction to grow

She has courage

Like the bird leaping from the nest

For the first time

Knowing the ground comes quickly

And unsure if its wings will work

She has courage

Like the leaf letting go at the end of autumn

Ignorant of its final destination as it falls

She has courage

But if you watch her

You’ll see her plant her feet on shaky ground

As if it was solid

If you watch her

You see her will in each step

As if there was no danger

If you watch her

You might catch a glimmer of light

Of the things that drive her

If you watch her

You might find yourself out across the chasm

Following her footsteps toward something better

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