Embracing Vulnerability


we live in a land of tall trees
with roads built into the sides of mountains
peering over the edge
we occasionally glimpse the spot seeds take root
they stretch and strain toward the heavens
bow and bend, paying homage to the wind
until they snap
tops crash to the ground
done in by their own softness

what designer uses pine
to build a 100-foot skyscraper
perhaps prudent to send something harder up
able to withstand the pressure
let the soft ones keep their heads down
out of harm’s way
yet, the ponderosas protest
they’ve grown with a dream
reaching to kiss the sky
frolic with the wind

I tend to play it safe
tuck inside myself
hunker down to ride out storms
shield the underbelly from harm
these trees neither cower nor crouch
flaunting their towering majesty
they meet the wind nose to nose
relishing the dance
flexibility laced with strength
vulnerability pulsing with joy

11 January 2014


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    • Dawn on January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Makes two of us, but you say it better–way better!

    • Becky on January 26, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Interesting that that’s the way you see it. I’ve seen you withstand storm after storm yet still stand tall.

  1. We endure what we have to. Embrace? Joy? Not so much…

    • soozi on February 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Now that you live in the land of tall trees my hope for you is that you experience their many voices. Different verbiage for different times of year…each distinct…sharing its own language… spruce whistles…fir sighs…pine growls…natures cacophony augmented by the winds. We are truly blessed.

  2. Such beautiful images. Thanks for giving me something to assist and encourage my listening.

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