bird on branch

Fear and love seldom
stand, shoulder to shoulder;
Its rare to laugh and
lie in the same breath.

But strength and weakness,
failure and success,
faith and desolation –
they are different ends
of a single stick.

To pick one up
is to receive both poles –
stark contrasts contribute
to a knowledge of the whole.

What is life but growing
wide and deep, so
open from weeping
that opposites, ambiguity,
and a thousand shade
of gray can co-exist
without despair?

Danna Faulds from Go In and In

As we learn to accept it all without despair. ❤️

21 comments on “* Paradox

  1. Thanks for this Val. ❤ Accepting all that is without despair is a continual learning process for me…


  2. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. ❤

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  3. Val, I would love you to republish this gorgeous poem as a comment to my post today over on Learning from Dogs.

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  4. Thank you for sharing such beauty, Val! It speaks to things that are in my heart right now. Have a wonderful day! ❤

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  5. I really needed that poem today!

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  6. A beautiful poem Val. ❤
    Diana xo

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  7. Great one. I have printed this out! 🙂

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  8. Love this piece.

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  9. Such beautiful words Val. Thankyou for sharing. 🙂 Happy Friday.

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  10. Its rare to laugh and
    lie in the same breath.
    Wow. Hard to ever hold opposite emotions at the same time. Emotions are so fleeting and ephemeral, why give them much power or importance, no?

    What a wonderful poem!

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