Monday, October 12, 2015

how does courage come?

courage comes in little footfalls

courage comes 
as moment to moment
a path is chosen, willed, and walked,
despite doubt and fear,
despite each little whisper that denies we can,
despite how slippery the surface that challenges our footing,

one of my students labored on the hike today
and gave voice to the negative inherent in us
that thinks we can’t, we shouldn’t, we won’t, 
and tears flowed,

he persevered, 
no matter how much negativity clamored within,
he persevered, and succeeded,
the sun of his disposition replacing the tears
that were raining hard,

by the end we learned together 
how to manage self into success,
at least for a time,

as the hike was ending, he considered
and allowed as how the hike was “pretty fun.” 

by Henry H. Walker
October 9, ’15

No comments: