Step Into the Light

Bridge at sunset

we can build walls
or we can build bridges
we can withhold
or we can surrender
we can step into the light
or we can hide in the darkness
each day carries choice
what kind of life do we want
I can hear the thunder
of resistance
the feet pounding ground
I can't
I won't
not now
not ever
surrender into life
build a bridge
to let go of this thing
it is all that holds me together
but what if
what if we let down our guard
what if we accept another
as having good intentions
what if we give up the weight
of all this stuff
we carry with us
lighten our load
walk up to a fire
and drop it into the flames
let it burn to ashes
scatter the ashes in the wind
let them fertilize a new life
one in which we build bridges
and step into the light

Photo credit: by Jason Williard (1981-2016); used by permission.