A Balancing Act

On tightropes stretched like highways through this life
the fight for balance turns into a knife
edge choice: which way to follow, which can wait?
Decisions to retrace or to create
new strands, exploring passions of the mind;
discovering there’s always more to find.

Some partner with those on a parallel
course, hoping that the union will compel
a lifetime bond of purpose and support.
Such wishful dreams are destined to fall short,
for inner journeys are not made to share
and steps to others’ goals will go nowhere.

A skillful acrobat is one who’ll yearn
to take a step that’s difficult to learn.
The fearful foot will always falter though,
and slip to nets of safety far below.