WHICH STEP TO TAKE

It’s hard to know sometimes
which step to take,
which path to tread,
which way to turn.
There’s clearly right and clearly wrong,
yet so many times
yawning space between:
right can go wrong
or the ends can’t be seen.

We humans make complex messes,
weaving knotted threads,
trailing choices – others’ and ours –
balled-up strings of disappointments,
triumph, unforseen consequences,
re-opened wounds,
sweet and sudden joys.

It’s impossible to know, sometimes,
what to do…
But far easier
are certain decisions:
to fight bitterness
– brew of poison –
to notice joys
– light of gratitude –
to keep prizing open our timid hearts
– miracle of hope –
and to hold up each quandary
high and open-handed,
a child offering
her impossibly tangled line…

knowing only the need
for sweet grace:
oil for jammed-up workings
rain on the parched earth
– peace in the eye of the storm.

(24/3/19 – In Maclean, for my sisters)

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