Monday, June 20, 2011

Headwaters - a poem about taking risks

I want to share with you this amazing poem by Ellen Bryant Voigt. It speaks to me of the fear and necessity of taking risks, of moving out of our comfort zone.


I made a large mistake I left my house I went into the world it was not
the most perilous hostile part but I couldn't tell among the people there

who needed what no tracks in the snow no boot pointed
toward me or away no snow as in my dooryard I clung

to my own life-raft I had room on it for only me you're not surprised
it grew smaller and smaller or maybe I grew larger and heavier

but don't you think I'm doing better in this regard I try to do better

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