Friday, February 5, 2016

One step

'Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech
 you will ever regret' ~ Ambrose Bierce. Surreal cup ~ pinterest


One step aside
when passed
transition
bridge - ..
to fall
in cool, uneasy waters
to swim in stream;
for others – to look as
in no need for help
while paddling as a hell
to reach the borders…

what next on that
unpleasant roads,
not comfy unexplored
ways,
no trails,
not even steps,
but cup has filled
with a risky ambrose…


Shared with PU Poetry Pantry

34 comments:

  1. Those roads and step taken must be taken to get the hell out of there sooner.

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  2. Oh yes I have followed this one step., that 'risky ambrose'..now I count to 10 and think before I take that step.

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  3. I was out skating on the ice today.. I do not want to think about falling through...:-) but that was what I thought of.

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  4. We never know what is next on those unpleasant roads...we can hope though that we will be able to pass safely.

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  5. but cup has filled
    with a risky ambrose…

    Brilliant close!!

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  6. I wish the ambrose of risk taking would reach me more. I tend to play it safe. I must risk a little more and learn to swim.
    Enjoyed this Humbird.

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    1. you know, Myrna, sometimes, we need change just a little, something in routine, in priorities, - to see real change on our path. Thanks

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  7. All it takes is that step and may God be with us when we come upon the unexplored. loved it!

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  8. I know that feeling of paddling like hell, while looking like I don't need help only too well.

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  9. Those unpleasant roads can be filled with bumps..might need to wear a helmet.

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  10. risky ambrose... love that line.

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  11. "risky ambrose"---great phrasing.....sometimes I think I'd quite like to have a nice, big cup of some of that after a lifetime of playing it safe ;-)

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  12. Love the way you build this poem on "one step". Very cool!

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  13. much courage is needed to take that one step...reward is in taking it.. "risky ambrose"...

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  14. I too love the phrase risky ambrose and that notion of looking 'ok' on the outside and paddling furiously within..i suppose by degrees that is the nature of being human - the quote is memorable too

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  15. Looking composed and not wanting to show one is in distress may be useful to avoid exploitation

    Hank

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  16. I'm well acquainted with those unpleasant roads of which you write!

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  17. The poem is terrific in it sown right – and I also love the allusion to that wonderful Bierce short story, and how you wove it into your own message.

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