The Courage We Need

We must accept reality in all its immensity…the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to meet the strangest, most awesome and most inexplicable of phenomena.~~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

The courage we need is
to see
through stories
thick as walls.

To stand
alone
on the dance floor
as it shifts, and cracks underfoot, steady
as the dreamers dance,
deaf to warnings
tripping blindly,
on the quaking earth.

The courage we need is
to refuse
the safety
of the trance.

The courage we need is
to love with a broken heart.

To shed fears like leaves
to bend and bow
to all we do not understand
and continue.

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