Tightrope Walkers

1895, “The Tightrope Walker” by Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931)

1895, “The Tightrope Walker” by Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931)

tight·rope (tītʹrōp´) noun
1. A tightly stretched rope, usually of wire, on which acrobats perform high above the ground.
2. An extremely precarious course or situation.


 “I am always at the beginning,” said The Buddha, on being asked what life was like.

Hello 2015.

Here we are: at the beginning again.
Accidental acrobats.
On this tightrope twined
with the messiness of living,
threads of grief,
and strands of memory. 

It’s a balancing act.
A performance, a feat!
Steadying ourselves
as we walk the wire
over waves of then and now;
before and after;
death and life;
endings and beginnings;
facts and beliefs;
joy and sorrow;
chaos and silence;
anguish and peace.

Time is our safety net
as we tread this
extremely precarious course,
this tightrope twined
with strands of memory,
threads of grief,
and the messiness of living.
Accidental acrobats.
Here we are: at the beginning again.

Hello 2015.

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