5.13.2018

Progression

Because the path is rocky
uphill
and complicated
Because it’s hard
to keep flowers alive
let alone children
Because I cannot
tell the difference
between well-intentioned
but bumbling
and counterfeit
Because I was taught
to care for myself
and injury
takes its natural course
downstream
unless diverted
I rest by this river
tending young shoots
making friends
with my ambivalence

17 comments:

  1. Admit it, Marian, you're a born poet. I don't imagine that architects or paper hangers worry about this stuff, but to us it's at the core of things and we just have to work out the knots.

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  2. "I rest by this river
    tending young shoots
    making friends"

    Really, really its the wise thing to do

    much love...

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  3. making friends
    with my ambivalence... oh I love that close!

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  4. "...and injury takes its natural course downstream unless diverted..." So profound! And the ending sealed it. I wonder how you got on ...with your ambivalence?

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  5. love it, especially the last line, "making friends
    with my ambivalence"
    Mary (Wilds of Idaho) (lilnked my sis LuckyHiro's poem on Tuesday Platform)

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  6. 'I rest by this river
    tending young shoots
    making friends
    with my ambivalence' -
    i love these lines!

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  7. I think it's a good thing ... a good thing of befriend ambivalence... It's what makes the world go around

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  8. every time I come here your words send me down paths that need exploring

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  9. The river and the young shoots are what makes all the rest doable. Smiles. I resonate with the worry about keeping young things alive - and hopeful - in these times. But I know you and Aaron are doing a fantastic job.

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  10. Wow! This is just a tremendously exceptional piece - each line, each line break, the emphasis of how it falls and sounds to the ears, to the mind and the heart - one can't read this and be ambivalent. This is simply astounding for the revelations and the unanswered question - how does one make peace with one's ambivalence and what are the aftershock effects?

    I think this is just brilliant from start to incredible finish!

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  11. I rest by this river
    tending young shoots
    making friends
    with my ambivalence

    It is great to be still involved, Marian, with the young people who require lots of guidance!

    Hank

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  12. Wow. I agree with Shay. You are a born poet, a natural. Wow.

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  13. I loved your poem! I was captured from the first, but really loved the last, "making friends with my ambivalence".
    with my ambivalence

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  14. So true to life, Marian. Neglect has a way of catching up in ways one could never have imagined. And things won't change as long as "ambivalence" remains being the master.
    ..

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