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The Life Cycle of Courage

June 17, 2024

Athena Williams

A little boy wearing cardboard armor

on the hunt, a dragon he seeks to slay.

“Look out!” he cries, dodging breath of fire;

his courage rises in the midst of play.


But weary grown-ups do not seek a fight; 

the fire comes whether you will or no.

Relentless flames assail you day and night,

no refuge from the heat, nowhere to go.


Give up and cower; cross through scorching blaze—

either choice looks like death will be the end.

Surrounded by a smoky, crowding haze,

no courage in your heart remains to tend.


But you are not alone; reach out your hand

and I will risk the flames to help you stand.

The featured image, “Mountains of Gold,” is courtesy of Amelia Friedline and is used with her kind permission for Cultivating.


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