Maintaining Orbit

i take tentative steps

toward the unknown,

where the realization

that my past motivations

for making the climb

were petty and small.

and now i am unsure 

that i can traverse the gap 

without a handhold.


i choose to brush past

thorny obstacles,

and dispel illusions.

i have barely begun 

to accept

that i have wings

and that there has always been

a warm and steady updraft

to carry me.

i will not whine

and wallow

quivering on the ledge,

the only decision –



Photo: A visitor in my garden

© M.G. Iannucci 2017


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