Explorers know

Are well acquainted with the dead ends

The sudden drop of vertical stone

The thorn riddled thicket

The rushing river

No bridge

The lovers know

Are well acquainted with the dread ends

The sudden drop of perpetual phone

The scorn riddled tempest

The shushing shiver

No bridge

Explorers and lovers know

Are well acquainted with endings

Learning and letting go

I can tell by your shoes and your eyes

You’ve been down a few paths

Where the way slipped away

And you’ve had to backtrack

And find a new trail

I’ve stood on a ledge once or twice

Beautiful views which led nowhere nice

I’ve been caught in the brambles

Left there in a shambles

Watched the love flow out of my life

Explorers and Lovers


It’s true

Resupply and prepare

For adventures anew

If you’ll take my hand now

There’s a trail that I’ve found

And I’d like to share it with you


The great winnowing of possessions

Releasing the unnecessary

Shredding the past

Carefully boxing up the essential

Giving, giving, giving

Each load that goes

A bit more freedom gained

The road calls strongly

“Are you coming?

Are you on the way?”

Well, I’m going somewhere

Similar to a place I’ve been

Time adjacent

The stream has run the long course

The years have changed me

I will step into the water

Remembering the stream that was

And the young woman who grew there

I bring the world with me

All that I’ve seen since then

Molded by travel and children and joy

Reduced by loss and loneliness and pain

A life changing movement

A life changing moment

A new start

A fresh beginning

“I can be flexible”

I said

And made it so

“I don’t have the confidence for this”

I confided

And yet it arrived with that acknowledgement

Not the brash bravado I used to wear

A committed determination

All I can ask of myself today

Is to show up for this life

To risk, and to try

I am not alone in this

I am loved

I am loved truly and fiercely

“Let me know if there’s anything I can do”

There is room for me

In this world

That for so long I felt

Held no space for me

I will step into the water

And let it cool my feet

From the heat of travel

And rest a moment

As the sun filters down through the trees