2013 GUESTBOOK 105: “A Courageous Life” (by EM Richter)


The door remains open


an open invitation

to the outside world.

Come in, it announces,

enter and see.

Vulnerable, exposed

an unheard acknowledgement

of what is easier to hide,

quicker to shelve,

instinctive to closet.

But, defying all impulse,

denying all pride,

A Courageous Life

asks to be explored,

stands at the mercy of judgement,

and proves,

beyond a shadow

of reasonable,

and more oft,

of unreasonable doubt

that the Courageous Life

cares not about

pomp and circumstance,

not about

standing on ceremony.

The Courageous Life

demands a simple and noble truth,

a truth against which

we have no defences.

A Courageous Life asks,

like an impetuous

and adored child,

with a tenacity

that demands that you listen,

relentless until you do.

The Courageous Life

begotten by nothing more

than the willingness

to dance barefoot in the sand,

to laugh like the winter geese

in full formation,

to feel the silky caress of

warm droplets of water

wash away the lather of lavender shampoo.

The Courageous Life

reminds you that

sometimes the courage

to listen to a birdsong,

to grasp onto the top rungs

and let your feet leave the ground,

to run your hand along the bristles of a horse’s nose,

to close your eyes and listen

to the mindless chitter-chatter of a child

and her imaginary friend,

only to realize that the child is you,

and the friend,

the one who came to remind you

that you too

once delighted in all things free and fanciful,

that you too

were once bound only by the vast,

infinite limits of your imagination.

And, then you realize that you do

live A Courageous Life.


~EM Richter~

(c. 2013)

all rights reserved


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One Response to 2013 GUESTBOOK 105: “A Courageous Life” (by EM Richter)

  1. Thanks to EM Richter for giving me permission to publish this thoughtful poem. I agree with it wholeheartedly. Thanks for reading friends.


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