Harmony can stifle hope
by binding dreams within its rope.
It pulls us close and pulls us near.
No need for change or risking fear
by rumpling what has gone before
and risking opening the door
that leads to other worlds outside.
More comfortable just to hide.

Pull the familiar close around
when strangers share the truth they’ve found.
Are they strictly on the level?
Are they savior or devil?
View other cultures with mistrust.
Do not let them break your crust.
What you are is all you’ll be.
There’s no room for variety.

Thus do some cultures stay the same,
insular and safe and tame,
their rules structured straight and tight,
and perhaps for some it’s right.
But for that individual
who finds the repetition dull,
who finds the limitations tough,
mere harmony is not enough.

From the time that they are tykes,
first venturing out upon their trikes,
In their dreams, they journey far
from Mozambique to Zanzibar.
The world looms wide as they break loose
from ties that have become a noose.
They venture far and venture wide

to fill out all that space inside.


The prompt words today were hope, beware, rumple and harmony. Here are the links:

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

9 thoughts on “Explorers

    1. lifelessons Post author

      When I was still a baby, just walking, I slipped out of the bathtub and ran naked down the block to my Aunt Mabel’s house, two houses away! That was where my mother caught me. I was always anxious to get out into the world!!



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