I’m standing on a bridge
near the top of a mountain,
looking back at the winding
path that took years to climb.
And there, below, the chasm
I thought I’d never cross, so
much more beautiful on this
side of the rise. And in the
vastness that seemed like
heaven on the way up, all
those I’ve loved and lost.
And in that pocket of fog
that seemed like hell when
I was in it, the truth in all
things I sighted on the way
that kept me going. I could
lean on this bridge forever
but for the view the next
step will bring.

A Question to Walk With: Describe a passage in your life and how it looked before you experienced it and how it looks to you now on the other side.

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Tone in the Center of the Bell.

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