Poem: Nurturing Risk

To open one’s heart
is to expose the soft center
where the delicate things are kept
far away from the abrasive brain
that would scour them smooth

Impervious to harm
Impervious to touch

Like gemstones pretty to look at
without any intrinsic value
value comes from fragility
from the temporary nature
of things of the heart
that even when nurtured
can be felled to and left
decaying in the spiritual forest

In decay new life takes root
stirring in chests beating
with renewed life blood
aspiring again to set roots
that would ground us
branches to help reach
high into the heavens
fed by the ever present waters
of risk that runs through each
endeavor that is worth giving life

A response to Grace’s prompt on dVerse to write a poem involving risk.


Copyright © 2021 TJS Sherman All rights reserved.

27 thoughts on “Poem: Nurturing Risk

  1. I like how your poem values risk and the metaphor of the ever present waters of risk that are so necessary to life. It really is an essential, intrinsic part of our lives if we want to go. As your title states we need to nurture it! 💯

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  2. T.,
    These lines are a stand-out for me:
    “value comes from fragility
    from the temporary nature
    of things of the heart”
    I love what you’re saying here, because so true and beautiful.
    pax,
    dora

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  3. This is exquisitely drawn! I especially love; “Like gemstones pretty to look at without any intrinsic value/value comes from fragility/from the temporary nature of things/ of the heart that even when nurtured can be felled to.” 🙂

    Like

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