A VIEW FROM THE BLUFF

A VIEW FROM THE BLUFF

I stand on the shore

of a dangerously rapid

river.

You keep jumping in,

screaming for help.

I run downstream

ahead of the current

to pull you out.

Over and over

this frightfully familiar

scene is repeated.

I continue,

time and time again,

through

many decades,

traipsing down into

the rapid waters,

rushing to

fetch you out.

Sometimes I

pull you out

by offering a branch;

sometimes I

wade fortuitously

into the water.

The footing

is not always safe

and

sometimes

I slip

and lose my balance.

And,

sometimes

I

hurdle into the

deep dark waters

struggling

to reach you.

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FORGIVING ONE’S GOOD SELF

FORGIVING ONE’S GOOD SELF

Thanks to: wilfullyobscure.blogspot.com

To forgive
myself
having done my best,
having been good
and innocent;
having given it all I knew,
having kept integrity,
having been responsible,
and committed
and consistent
and compassionate–

only to stand

here

after the fall
among the smoldering ashes
of my
most profound
commitments
in life
observing the
shimmering circles
of a daunting smoke
vanishing

with all my
dreams
and hopes

into
thin air–

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