Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Photo by L. Kolp

Plank by rickety plank
Hope treads ahead,
a tightrope walker

feet steady
keenly aware 
one slight misstep
might break her, 
yet with faith enough 
to try.


Prompt Inspiration: Poetry Jam~ Bridges


Brian Miller said...

what else can you do...stand there and it still might collapse...go back, well its probably just as far as it is forward....smiles.

Sumana Roy said...

I sometimes feel like that tight rope walker praying to avoid a Humpty-Dumpty fate...great lines Laurie :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"Hope treads ahead.....keenly aware...yet with faith enough to try." That says it all, Laurie. Engraved on our hearts.

Gabriella said...

We all experience these tight rope moments but they are surely 'easier' when hope treads ahead.

Anonymous said...

"yet with faith enough to try" is the punch line for strong spirit. Keep it up!

brudberg said...

a tightrope walker.. that thought of a bridge.. only way is forward.. very much like life itself

brudberg said...

a tightrope walker.. that thought of a bridge.. only way is forward.. very much like life itself

alan1704 said...

Plank by rickety plank - excellent opening line. it just opens up the poem and makes your words sing. Well done.

alan1704 said...

Plank by rickety plank - excellent opening line. it just opens up the poem and makes your words sing. Well done.

kaykuala said...

The confidence is always there. It does not work otherwise! Nicely Laurie!


Unknown said...

Hope so timidly moving ahead!! always on the verge of collapse and yet trying its best... Hope we all live by!! smiling!!

Mary said...

Indeed a person has to have enough faith to keep walking one step at a time, whether on a tight rope or on the path called 'life.'

Donna Smith said...

Hope and faith...and keep going and trying...Well said.

Gillena Cox said...

yeah; just keep on journeying, sometimes thoughts become so powerful like they are themselves creators

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much love...

Helen said...

You must know how this resonates with me ... great poem!!!

Peggy said...

Wonderful--moving forward whatever bridge you are on. Great prompt.

Sarav said...

Laurie, love the "hope treads" both walking and treads to walk upon :-) Very clever. This was a great prompt!

Anonymous said...

I really like your poem, Laurie--and you have a lovely blog. I so enjoyed participating in this Poetry Jam prompt--hope I did it justice for you. God bless!

Arathi Harihar said...

Faith is the one thing which keeps one going..what else can one do..)

Wendy Bourke said...

Insightful and beautifully sketched “take” on hope. We can't live without it - though, sometimes it seems, it's hard to live with it. Smiles.

Anonymous said...

Like the swinging bridges in my childhood: don't look down! keep moving!

Great poem. :)

Anonymous said...

lovely in its simplicity ... I like the rhythm of the poem - and positive attitude!

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Unknown said...

Great poem and thoughts about life...one must move forward when faced with challenges...waiting makes the fear increase...moving forward is open to so many possibilities.

mrs-minerva said...

Lovely way to put down in words what life is about - it's sometimes hard to try, but still we have to. Wonderful!

artbyrae said...

a tightrope walker
I think we all feel like that so many times in life