These are linked poems created week by week for a year, inspired by the book No Choice But To Follow, and the poets therein who did it first.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

August #4

It Only Needs to Win Once — You Think? 

Courage, you think,
only needs to win once.
After that you can relax,
never fear again,
be always brave and daring,
confident like others —
the everyone else
who, you're always being told,
aren't scared.

But it doesn't work like that.
Courage is needy, wanting 
your full attention,
refusing to be taken for granted.
It wants to own you;
catching you with your pants down,
wants to give you a thrill — the biggest.
Courage is a very
demanding lover.

Or else it's a wilful child
that runs away.
You have to chase after it,
find it, bring it home,
settle it — embrace it
all over again.
Every time.
Too bad if you tire 
of the game.

You think you only need
to win once,
but it's not enough.
Each time is new —
new effort, journey, struggle, 
catch of breath.
But then, it's all that terror
provides the thrill.

— Rosemary Nissen-Wade

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