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Never Fear to Say Your Name

by Notumbus Bumbus (writer), Where I am right now., November 15, 2011

Who we are may not be who we hope to become; it may not even be what others think we should be. But really, whose decision will it be, in the end?

How long has it been since last we spoke?

Decades, if memory does its work.

Then, you were a smaller thing

Than what you now appear to be.

Those agonies declared along the way

Burnished your edges, gave pause

To what you thought the world would bring.

Now, you question the ground you stand upon,

Hold at arm’s length dreams since soiled.

Children of men are all broken; the measure

Of living is taken by the effort to reclaim

What existed before the damage was done.

Think of what you are now. Reaching

For what comes next requires using what was

To drive the muscles, what is to drive the heart.

No nightfall spells an ending, no dawn

Demands renewal; only desire, and hard effort,

Bring balance to the day.

What once we both knew has changed,

What we each know separate from the other,

Leaves a deep canyon between our shores.

Bridges may be built, or ships cross slowly

Between rocky coastlines, a ferry to carry us

Closer to home, stories to fill these missing years

With something akin to forgiveness.

What made us both is different than what shaped

Who we’ve become. That is where our work lies;

That is the path we tread to arrive at a destination

We might call healing, or resolution of past agonies.

Or, we might simply, finally, call it family,

And go where that small ship

Carries us next.



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2 comments on Never Fear to Say Your Name

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By TonyBerkman on November 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

this is an NB piece of philosphy

thanks for sharing it

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By Cloud9 on November 20, 2011 at 10:19 am

This is one that 'made me muse'. A little deep for my taste but I enjoyed the read. Thankyou.

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