When the journey you envision
meets a flurry of derision
there’s no need for explanation or excuse.
In the time it takes to wonder
why the plan was torn asunder
you could make a better one for future use.

If the waterway is shifting
and your leaky raft is drifting
into troubled territory, tie a knot
in the tattered rope you’re holding,
for the channel that’s unfolding
could be leading you to passage on a yacht.

Though you’re calmly re-engaging
but the turbulence keeps raging
in a brouhaha that makes your spirit quake,
while you’re caught within the billow,
flex your body like a willow
and you’ll never have to nurse another break.


2014 Mary Boren
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