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The Beginning and the Starting Line

Updated on October 13, 2014

It starts as a single step forward
refusing to stay stagnant, stuck
mired in the muck of emotions past.
The bridge burned - it didn't
vanish
and the rebuilding can always pick up
scattered pieces
and start over.


that is not to say that this means more
than it has to.
Steps don't have to lead to roads
and a single step can remain a single step
without a set path in mind.
I don't want to risk hope,
only to be dashed to the bottom of the chasm
when the rebuilt planks prove incapable
of holding my weight.


I've been buried before, you see.
I was buried when this bridge initially became
engulfed in flames
as I still attempted to walk across
keep the balance
maintain movement and believe in broken promises.


This attempt holds no promises at all.
We stand on different sides,
braced for the unknown,
simply acknowledging the other's presence.
It's progress, at least
but not a promise for the future.

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Starting LInes

The starting line comes with no guarantees.
No promises. No regrets.
Only hope.

All we can do is face down the track,
breathe deep and do our best to
Ignore whatever competition we may face.

Understand that crossing the line
at the gun - not before
Is a moment of hope, not of promise.

That giving all we have to a single, solitary chance
is worth everything
regardless of the outcome.

That one shallow breath after another can lead to
a hopeful future
and the chance to become a part of something truly
remarkable.

© 2013 Elizabeth

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    • ladydeonne profile image

      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      It takes great courage to start over again, yet, something deep down inside of us prompts us to get into our survival mood and to take that first step. The journey starts with that first step. That first step into the unknown can be daunting. You described that feeling oh so very well.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • JMcFarland profile imageAUTHOR

      Elizabeth 

      5 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I appreciate it deeply.

    • kyenny0927 profile image

      Krissy 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      This is beautiful! It spoke to something deep within me. I know people interpret the written word differently, especially poetry, and this, to me, represents needing to start over. (haha, as in the title) :) It speaks of that fragile hope, taking that first scary step into the great unknown, having the strength and courage to do so even if you don't know what's out there. I've been in that place, and it took me a long time, with a lot of steps, to get me where I am now.

      Thank you for this poem!! Voted up, awesome, and beautiful!

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