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to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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10 November 2016

14, at Trevallyn

I always liked to go alone
on the path through the bush
down to the Gorge and the peacocks.
I would find a staff to help me over the stones.

On the path through the bush
there were many fallen branches 
the right weight and length, firmness and give.

Down to the Gorge and the peacocks 
the way was uneven and steep.
I swapped my skirts for pants.

I would find a staff to help me over the stones,
test the grip, and set out like a legendary explorer,
with no-one to see me as just a weak girl.


Linked to Poets United's Midweek Motif: Path


14 comments:

  1. How wonderful that path, how far it leads inside, what glories lie ahead!

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  2. swapped pants for skirts... a determined girl indeed!

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  3. Have a very clear picture of your on your steep trek

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  4. Aah, this is lovely! Bushwhacking is mentally demanding!!

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  5. aw...you made us see the adventurous girl and feel her spirit :I swapped my skirts for pants.

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  6. This is beautiful! Such a liberating write ❤️

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  7. Sometimes it is good to travel a path alone. A 'staff' is all the company one needs!

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  8. I love the image of you with a staff, intrepid explorer. I used to ride my bike out into the country and then hike up into the hills - it is amazing I didnt encounter a rattlesnake, but once a herd of cows followed me because I was singing.........LOL.

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  9. Total freedom from tbe gaze, from safety and with nature's gifts.

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  10. Lovely. We must find ways to get across, don't we?

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  11. test the grip, and set out like a legendary explorer, Love it
    We can do what we imagine we can

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  12. the way was uneven and steep.
    I swapped my skirts for pants.

    Once you've set your mind nothing to stop you. Motivated by the outdoors is a bonus!

    Hank

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  13. Our goal makes us choose the right way to negotiate the path to it, Rosemary! As long as that goal is clear, one realises quickly that the rocky path demands stout shoes, comfortable and serviceable clothes and firm resolve. A helping staff never goes astray ;-)

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