Poem for Facing Change


Like the invitation to a new life

that brought you to where you are,

on this day that is one of many

rivers that you have faced alone

and managed to survive,

love stands on the far side

of a Colorado canyon bridge

having crossed it with less care

than you cross an empty street.

Arms outstretched in the open air

that feeds your fear of falling,

love calls your name

with all it has to offer you:

something sturdy and beautiful

in a world of illusions.

Knees dissolving above feet

that want and do not want to go,

you resist your compulsion to look

Then, just before you are sure

you might die, you do it.

Leave one place. Step toward another.

                    Anne McCrady, 2014


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