Path Through Uncertainty

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Poems to Weather Uncertain Times
(posted by Sanaa)
“In our lives we encounter uncertainty a number of times. We live through each day with hope either blooming or dissipating in our hearts. When life seems tough and spirit feels low .. remember my words .. you were created to wade in unknown waters .. in you there is power to dispel doubt and uncertainty with a firm voice. Believe me when I say that it matters what energy we decide to put into the world at the end of the day.”

What will change your indigo 
to orange, your fearful yellow
to green? You thread through

trees, lost, imagining they all look
alike. Trees are as different
from each other as people are.
They fend off fits of wailing
winds, white balls of hail,
and rains that stab

as silver swords. How can
you pass through appalling
times of starving animals
and children, warfare looming
on the horizon,  complacency
about dying nature? You write,

you speak up, and find
small spots of happiness
wherever you can.  Know that
you have compassion.  If you
did not, you would be dead
inside like hollowed out trees
that have been burned
or cut down.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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19 Responses to Path Through Uncertainty

  1. This is a very wise poem. Wonderful, Sara.


  2. Wendy Bourke says:

    I love this piece! A powerful articulation, really well constructed and rendered, it closes on a note of truth and wisdom. Wonderful writing!


  3. Sumana Roy says:

    ” You write,

    you speak up, and find
    small spots of happiness
    wherever you can. “….The best we can do in troubled times like this. Nice.


  4. oldegg says:

    Yes we must be strong and stand up not only for ourselves and for others too.


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Wowww!! ❤️ So much to love in this deeply wise and philosophical poem, Sara especially; “They fend off fits of wailing winds, white balls of hail, and rains that stab as silver swords.” 😀


  6. Yvonne Osborne says:

    Nothing strikes me as much sadder than the senseless cutting down of trees, especially in their prime because they are in our way.


  7. That’s telling it like it is.


  8. kim881 says:

    faith in trees, Sara, especially the lines:
    ‘They fend off fits of wailing
    winds, white balls of hail,
    and rains that stab
    as silver swords…’
    but oh, the ending is so sad!


  9. Trees are amazing, and you honor them here. Lovely words Sara!


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