Stepping or Stumbling Stones
We stumble on a stone we do not see,©08/08/2015 Carol Welch
or fail to judge its distance, depth or height.
A stepping stone, however, well may be
one we've judged secure by sense or sight.
The block that bars our way is often times
caused by no thought to seek a way around.
As we stand stymied by too steep a climb,
we may have detoured if the way were found.
A look into eyes that disparage me
may be failure to see frailties they defend.
Not only I have vulnerability;
possibly, in empathy, could be a friend?
If stepping stones when found in company,
and to the difficulty then applied,
instead of stumbling blocks, perhaps we'd see,
surprising-- a way to the other side.
Staunch hand to hold may well prevent a slip,
negotiating gap and treacherous mire.
Apprehensions lose their fearsome grip;
assurances new points of view inspire.