Literary Hook: Spring a time to ‘Embrace Uncertainty’

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

We certainly had a long winter. Finally, we enter spring full of hope, and sometimes full of rain and wind. It seems that the weather has gotten more extreme and that we live in a time of myriad uncertainties. To move forward, we have to live with a great deal of uncertainty on many levels: the weather, the economy, the state of our city and the state of our nation. Here is a poem I hope resonates on more than one level for you.

Embrace Uncertainty as a Cloud

When uncertainty hangs humid

Thick as a steel-gray sky

And you can’t tell if a storm hovers

In the charcoal clouds

Or if only a gentle Zen rain will follow,

Return to that still, quiet place.

Imagine you are the water itself,

The deep center of a blue, glacial lake,

The sizzling tide pulled back to its source.

Know that whatever rain must come

Has its purpose if you wish to find it.

The rain takes many forms, gathering

Its legions with the wind, which might be

Sweet spring breezes or wind sheer

Pulling pines and locusts from their roots.

Embrace uncertainty as a cloud holding water,

Building its cumulous castles in the stratosphere,

Until release comes, and come it will.

Published in Moon Journal and Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity (Wind Publications). Also used for poetry night chapbook title, Neville Museum.

From the May 22-28, 2013, issue

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