Walking the Walk

Taking Steps on the Path to Compassionate Living

No One Said It Would Be Easy

No one said it would be easy

to listen

to one

who knows the world

from another side.

 

No one said it would be easy

to honor what you know,

that he doesn’t want to see.

 

No one said it would be easy

to be confronted

with your blind spots,

unknown

or well-guarded.

 

No one said it would be easy

to let go of a few

of your thousand

points of privilege, 

the ones that feel like anchors,

even briefly,

and step

(freely?) 

into the sea of vulnerability.

 

No one said it would be easy

to admit that you like

the warm sand

of privilege,

the luxury of

forgetting,

even as your friends cannot.

 

No one said it would be easy.

 

Why should it be?

Why should it be easy for you

when so many cannot choose?

 

Step out

of the comfort,

toe-dip into the

cold, 

difficult,

unknown,

scary.

 

Wade in,

up to the calves,

the waist,

don’t stop until you’re breast-deep.

It’s only worth it when your heart is submerged.

 

Reach out your hand

to steady him or you,

you may not know.

You are not alone.

 

Push into the depths

until your feet don’t touch.

Swim

together.

 

Save

each other.

 

No one said it would be easy. 

 

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