to believe in things that seem frail

a free verse poem for Crucible: the stone womb of elderhood

Samantha Wallen
2 min readApr 17


Photo by Anna Tsukanova on Unsplash

“She captured my heart from the moment I first saw her, battered and leafless, on the cusp of a still-frosty spring.” — Sharon Blackie, Hagitude

It’s taken this long to taste the hurt hidden in something new.

But this is the only medicine now

as the cosmic pulse quickens. Sweet tea

takes hours to let go in the hot sun, release bitterness

for the right flavor. Do you remember that roadside motel

where we stood in the shower until the hot

water ran out? The room filling with steam before we

even touched each other. A sudden spring storm

piled snow outside our window. We were the last ones

to leave when the sun came out. Souls stir with crystals

of wonder when seeing something for the first time. Tiny creatures

and stars above, gleam. In the beginning it is so easy to believe

in things that seem frail. Why has our wondering

muscle grown weak? We so easily stack small boulders

of what we are sure of all over the place, we forget

to look each other in the eye, we miss the generosity

of time sitting on the front porch drinking tea

with strange kin, amidst the beauty of graves

not so far away. I had to get old to find treasure

in the gnarled hands of familiar and ordinary things. Who hasn’t

stood at an unbarred window and looked for pleasure

that’s grown large and unmanicured? I want to

get down on my knees before you and the wild

horses that still roam these lands and believe in things as they are.

Remember what it is like to be on the receiving end

of how vast the world is, how unlike our ideas

of how it should be it often is

This poem is the sixteenth a series titled, Crucible: the stone womb of elderhood, a poetic collaboration for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) with Samantha Wallen and Michelle Puckett.

To read the previous poem click HERE. To read the next poem in the series click HERE

Samantha Wallen, MFA is a poet, writer, & writing guide who offers writing circles, workshops, private mentoring, and retreats for writers & want-to-be writers. Her work seeks to restore the soul of our world, and to render the complexity and fullness of our situations without easy judgment.

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Samantha Wallen

Poet, writer, writing & book coach — Seeking to restore the soul of our world one word at a time…