Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Fine Fall Day

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Fine Fall Day

It’s a fine day for a fall.

Leaves smell fresh as the future,

air and stream cool as I am–

until I trip on the stump.

 

Okay, I say, be careful.  This time,

you didn’t fall.  Feet on foliage make

lovely sounds, but ground, don’t forget,

often likes to shroud things.

 

The same way back is as beautiful:

I follow seeds of poetry.  Yes, there’s the field

asleep in the sun, the bridge over racing

water, and me, relaxed as treetops.

You’d think I’d have avoided the spill.

 

Yup, the very same stump,

but now I’m on hands and knees.

 

I’m no child anymore–gravity’s

grown a lot pushier, and bones against

trail hurts more like hell than falling

from an Oak ever did. Thank God,

today, no one watched me go down.

 

Next time, I note, remember the car trunk–

that’s where I’ve stored my walking stick,

glazed bole with ubreakable tip and a history

of helping me balance, even in slippery winter.

 

In the meantime, while I’m healing,

humanity, can you hear me?  I’ve

already taken the fall. Please,

don’t forget our common fragility.

Remove the stumps entirely.

 

Katherine Gotthardt

Copyright 11/11/2012

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Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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