Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vertical-Thud Gift

author's note:

I thought this poem might be appropriate for the beginning of a new year... we look back to see where we've been, as we look ahead, trying to see where we're going.


How discouraging--!--
to receive
the unexpected gift
of being lifted

straight up--vertical!--
for a brief sweet moment...

only to drop--
to land too soon
with a thud--

how encouraging--!--
to now know that what I'm aiming for
is worth the work--

to know the value
of the slow tedious climb...

to know the necessity
of having something solid
under my feet at all times

as I adjust and readjust
to a perspective
expanding so gradually
but steadily expanding.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

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