Martha Howell

Martha Howell

To be brave
in midst of crisis
is not a difficult thing
To look Death in the eye
as life’s fenders are flying
from off one’s chassis
To look at Death
and not blink

in the moment
hanging like a drop
of water from the leaf
of an already falling tree
is easier than you’d think
Courage is nature’s gift
to those for whom
Time stops

Far harder
to be so brave
in an ordinary time
To look Life in the eye
as death’s fingers trace
fear across each page
To look at Life
and not blink

in the moment
rushing like a wave
on an incoming surge
of the never ending tide
is not done as easily said
Courage then is the art
of those for whom
Love begins


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to Courage

  1. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”
    – Khalil Gibran


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