Archive for December, 2008

Fearing Paris

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I’ve just come across a great poem which I intend to take to heart as my 2009 resolution: it’s so encouraging and brave and truthful. So here it is, and I hope everyone who encounters it enjoys reading it and also has a great holiday season, and a happy and healthy new year. 

 

Fearing Paris, by Marsha Truman Cooper

 

Suppose that what you fear


could be trapped


and held in Paris.


Then you would have


the courage to go


everywhere in the world.


All the directions of the compass


open to you,


except the degrees east or west


of true north


that lead to Paris.


Still, you wouldn’t dare


put your toes


smack dab on the city limit line.


You’re not really willing


to stand on a mountainside,


miles away,


and watch the Paris lights


come up at night.


Just to be on the safe side


you decide to stay completely


out of France.


But then the danger


seems too close


even to those boundaries,


and you feel


the timid part of you


covering the whole globe again.


You need the kind of friend


who learns your secret and says,


“See Paris First.”