GUESTBOOK (2012) 42 “Risk” (author unknown)

(This poem was given to me years ago, handwritten on a slip of paper. The writer did not include their name. I discovered it among my lifetime’s accumulated ephemera and found it interesting.)


To laugh

is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep

is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another

is to risk exposing our true selves.

To place your idea,

your dreams, before the crowd

is to risk loss.

To love

is to risk not being loved in return.

To live

is to risk dying.

To hope

is to risk despair.

To try at all

is to risk failure.


because the greatest hazard in life

is to risk nothing.

The man, the woman

who risks nothing,

does nothing, has nothing

and is nothing.


(no date)


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