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We値l Cross That Bridge When We Build It

how do we cross    
a burned-out bridge  
that痴 been washed away
from the middle?  

so much water flows beneath,  
my feet are wet  
so much blood stains the river,  
my hands are red  

the stacks of wood  
stored on both sides  
would have made
quick work of small repairs;  
but afraid of giving
too much of ourselves,  
we refused to share ~  
fiercely protecting our pieces
until we fractured,
becoming the sharp splinters
we池e still sleeping on,  
the tinder by which  
connection burned to ash

the fall came after,
as promised;  
the moment we failed
to put pride in its place,  
rot crawled deep  
into the foundation,  
and now there痴 no fixing  
the mess we致e made  

it痴 time to take a leap of faith,  
make a swim for solid ground
before this whole thing  
gives way,  
dragging us under  
the flood of devastation  
to drown in our own grief

grab my hand, hold tight
I won稚 let go, I promise
I値l pull you safely to shore;  
there痴 a peaceful stream  
just around the bend,  
where the current
is sure and steady;  
we can span this distance  
far from the old wreckage,  
building fresh passage
from here to there

each of us surrendering
one plank and one nail
at a time  
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