Saturday, March 06, 2010

one single impression: hesitation


Hesitation
Between there and here, a river runs
Too wide to jump, too swift to swim
Hiding rocks and snares
And the detritus of a thousand wrecks
The bridge across is narrow
And none too sturdy
You hesitate,
Not knowing if it will bear your weight
And hope I understand.

I have seen the wonders on this side
The beauty of a landscape of believing,
In simple things
I want to say "It's alright, take my hand.
Don't look down, just follow me.
I know the way."
I hesitate,
Not sure the words will come out right
And hope you understand.

But you will cross or not
In your own time,
On your own terms,
And in your own place, as it must be.
As it was for me,
As it is for us all.
We hesitate,
All of us for our own reasons
That only we understand.

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25 comments:

Enchanted Oak said...

Is this you writing a poem? It was thought-provoking.

Daryl said...

Works so well with that image ..

maryt/theteach said...

A lovely poem on hesitation, Mojo! :)

maryt/theteach said...

A lovely poem on hesitation, Mojo! :)

Cloudia said...

We will never hesitate to come to this lovely blog.


Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!


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masterymistery said...

Enjoyed "Hesitation" greatly, though "enjoy" is probably the wrong word. Let me say I found great insight in the poem --- it made me think. A lot!

I've added "Why? What have you heard" to the Cosmic Rapture blogroll (left hand column, udner heading of "other domains". Hope you will do the same.

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Greyscale Territory said...

Love your exploration of all the personal nuances wrapped up in the concept of hesitation! Lovely poem!

Stan Ski said...

Great metaphor, and linking end-line to each stanza.

Amity said...

Life remains to be laced with much hesitation, but that is life, it's never perfect, never a bed of roses...

But in those moments of hesitation, we could see some beauty and some challenges that will make life more worth living!

Awesome poem, this is! Loved it!

Loch Rob said...

I guess all of us have to make our own decision on when to go or not. All we ask is some understanding. I enjoyed your thoughts and also the organization of the thoughts.

SandyCarlson said...

Mythological, that river. It has claimed so many. A worthy place, somehow, even if the other side is so much better. The effort must be in the going forward, not the thinking too hard about not going forward (she tells herself).

I loved this.

dreamer said...

I just have one word...wow!!simple and profound!!

Sweetest in the Gale said...

What a wonderfully profound poem...yes, we all must cross that bridge in our own time. Your words touched me deeply. Beautiful!

Robin said...

Great poem and one that really resonates with me right now. Thanks for sharing this jewel.

SOL said...

I love the consistency of the metaphor and you picked the perfect picture to go along. Also, I loved the universal theme in this poem.

Carmi said...

I had an interesting discussion about this with a colleague last week. He said we need to stop ourselves from being so attached to what was, and instead be more willing to discard it all as we embrace what will be.

He didn't say it anywhere near as eloquently as this. Count on you to use multiple media to tell the story we all need to personalize.

Sandra (if) said...

I like this a lot....!

Tumblewords: said...

Superb. The depth and layers of this piece are truly wonderful.

Andrée said...

phew
This is wonderful. I felt so many things on so many levels with your poem. This is simply outstanding.

spacedlaw said...

I like it that the characters do not have to cross over.

pieceofpie said...

how enlightening to let go... the best line for me.."..The beauty of a landscape of believing.."...

lissa said...

very well put, I think of hesitation it as something to remind us we are all too human and in that moment of hesitation, there is a panic but even if we don't express it

Patti said...

a truly beautiful poem and image~

shedreamsofthesea said...

I can really relate to this, wonderful poem.

gabrielle said...

What a beautiful metaphor, crafted with such patience and acceptance.