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March 9, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Courage

Courage

Courage surrounds her children
With sharp railed chairs
Rowdy friends and wasps
Conceding the wisdom of pain

She knows the world
Which her children must meet
Its deep rushing water
And sweet-tongued strangers
And cabinets lined with poison

Courage hopes children see clearly
Between fear and danger

She allows her charges
Conversation with fanatics
The writings of heretics
And knowledge of many gods
With their many different histories
Of savagery

She aches
When her children discover
That not all facts are truth
And not all truths can be known

And Courage stands by
As her children learn the only skill
That can ever, really, be learned
The individual and perfect art
Of survival

Where deep water holds less dread
For one who understands its current

5 Comments

  1. Rags / Mar 9 2012 1:22 PM

    Wonderful. Are the photos yours as well? I’m an aspiring poet too – and a photographer. Here is the blog my husband and I share – if you’re interested in a look.
    http://primitivestate.net/
    It’s a little writing, a little poetry, a little music and some photography.

    I found you on WordPress at the photography link – I’ll look around some more!
    Cheers!

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 9 2012 6:43 PM

      These two photos are mine, as are most of the photos on other pages. I enjoyed both of your sites, and I’m happy that you found my blog!

  2. Jeanette Gallagher / Mar 9 2012 11:14 PM

    Beautiful! Both photo and poem which is so very true and wise are wonderful. Enjoying your work.
    Thanks, Rae.

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 10 2012 2:58 PM

      Thank you, Jeanette!

  3. bardessdmdenton / Mar 16 2012 5:56 PM

    Such wisdom, Rae, and such powerful and moving poetry.

    The last stanzas are wonderful:

    ‘And Courage stands by
    As her children learn the only skill
    That can ever, really, be learned
    The individual and perfect art
    Of survival

    Where deep water holds less dread
    For one who understands its current’

    I wish more had the courage to raise their children so.

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