Tough Times

Today's poetry post brings me this 

reminder--both practical and 

metaphorical.  Nothing like having 

ones own words show up as a 

surprise!  This the poem that Maryland's 

Governor O'Malley once 

quoted as a description

of his experience of how to lead

in tough times. 



There is a trough in waves,
A low spot
Where horizon disappears
And only sky
And water
Are our company.

And there we lose our way
We rest, knowing the wave will bring us
To its crest again.

There we may drown
If we let fear
Hold us within its grip and shake us
Side to side,
And leave us flailing, torn, disoriented.

But if we rest there
In the trough,
Are silent,
Being with
The low part of the wave,
Our energy and
Noticing the shape of things,
The flow,
Then time alone
Will bring us to another
Where we can see
Horizon, see the land again,
Regain our sense
Of where
We are,
And where we need to swim.


~ Judy Brown ~

(The Sea Accepts All Rivers)

(Contributed by David Ward)