courage is a breath,
one lungful at a time
to keep a weary heart beating.
Because rest is not death
but is waiting to be found
in the moments and moonbeams of beauty.
courage is a step,
one foot in front of the other
into the tangible darkness ahead.
Towards the light, hidden at the end of the tunnel
which beckons purer and brighter
and will beautify the journey.
courage is a song
wrung from the depths of an aching soul.
Drowned in tears yet still the silent notes cry out
that life is still worth the melody –
this offering of love in the mystery.
courage is a whisper.
A barely breathed secret of pain and of love
hanging fragile in the space between us.
Uncertain of how you will receive it,
still I offer it – a tentative gift borne on the air.
Sometimes courage is sweet surrender
As a long-clenched fist opens in metaphoric significance
and finds that your hand fits mine.
Trusting that its gentle touch can heal a heart
and lead this courageous one home.