Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Mountain (sunrise) horizon view from my front porch  My back deck
has another mountain view. 

Hold doubt close, bearhug it to your chest,
not a love fest but an intervention;
back it against a wall, unchained.
Let doubt squirm, needle it with questions,
don't settle for illusions.  Demand proof.

Curiosity's often followed with indecision;
embrace it, strip it of control;
allow it a voice, yet hear it with a lambent ear.

The horizon holds divergent clouds;
be not afraid of that which furrows brows
or trembles hands.  Tears followed with a smile
is a rainbow, a promise that false starts
and difficulties survive thunderheads -

that trust and doubt can hold hands.

by Margaret Bednar, December 3, 2019

This is for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Rommy's Challenge - Words to Live By".   Also a word list from Skylover poetry on Instagram's #skyloverwordlist.   https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/skyloverwordlist/

This poem is inspired by the words of Rilke ... "What should I say about your tendency to doubt your struggle or to harmonize your inner and outer life? My wish is ever strong that you find enough patience within you and enough simplicity to have faith. May you gain more and more trust in what is challenging, and confidence in the solitude you bear. Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right in any case." (Rainer Maria Rilke) Furnborg, Jonsered, Sweden, November 4, 1904 Letters to a Young Poet


Lori said...

The final line just reached out and grabbed me. I like the movement from the holding tight in a "bear hug" close to the chest to moving to standing side by side holding hands.

Rommy said...

Oh wow! I really love this, as someone who spends a lot of her life questioning things. I love how you've created a beautiful space for doubt and trust to understand each other.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Gosh this is incredibly beautiful, Margaret ❤️ Especially love; "The horizon holds divergent clouds; be not afraid of that which furrows brows or trembles hands."

Debi Swim said...

This is gorgeous, Margaret. I love that first stanza so much.

Helen said...

I love your perspective on doubt ... holding it close, questioning it. Beautiful work.

Fireblossom said...

Love the Rilke qupte and what you've done with it, Margaret.

Kerry O'Connor said...

There is so much depth to this piece, an affirmation, which is very powerfully expressed in the second stanza. Thank you for using my #skyloverwordlist, and for the shout out. I appreciate it.