I have mangled certain paths laid out before me.
Paths that appeared sometimes abruptly, sometimes not,
laden with only good intention, sprawling out
with only nothing other than wide benefit to offer.
I have ruined these roads,
damaged them with a crooked and careless walk.
Random relative presents bestowed
routes of benevolent aberration and a safe escape.
A trail to easily gallop through summer
and come out sunny on the other side.
Somehow I failed these lucky paths,
and tarnished these gorgeous selfless gifts.
I offer a sorrowed apology
for my usual reckless trampling. An apology
for my actions of not cherishing and of taking for granted
these long-stretching roads of help.
The high sun could have been clasped
and held close to the heart, finally bringing light to such a darkly place.
This path of tedium and suffering could have been quit
for a favorable one strewn with brighter lights and better intentions.
I never meant to be so cold and distant,
but being the ingrate I am, I was.
© Heath Brougher
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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