prompt 20: forward



one foot in front of the other

to keep our heads above water

when paths wash out

in flash floods

forcing us into kayaks

when we thought running shoes would do.


having a compass


star chart

is good practice

even if their appearance makes no difference

to the direction the wind blows.


intention is great:

set the destination,

leaving room for adventures

off course

where the Sirens call

and beasties chase us into caves

where our best selves await

in gold-hinged treasure chests

sometimes not guarded by dragons.


(c) r.l.elke

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