‘Stepping Stones’ by Ramona L. Elke

soft cartel april 2018

These delicate stepping stones
bruise our feet from time to time.
We wander,
barefoot and blind,
over slipping, sharp surfaces
feeling ever forward –
in darkness and light –
to find firmer footing;
prayerfully nudging forward
for places to stand where the world won’t give way beneath us.

These delicate stepping stones
make us slip up,
trip up,
cut our feet,
bruise our souls,
forcing us to our knees
when we do not honour what it is to be upright at these times.
We pray for drier places to walk –
grip and grace –
but are constantly tripped up by our tears…
greasing our movement forward
until we are forced to stop,
stand still,
and weep
before stumbling forward once more.

These delicate stepping stones,
guide the soul’s way
like bread crumbs out of the forest,
routes home we could not see for searching…
illuminated by whispers of promises held in secret
only to be activated by absence –
or as a last resort to feel alive,
when all else fails to do so…
when these delicate stepping stones
can hold our souls
no more.


For Heather and her father

Ramona L. Elke is a poet, playwright, and a student of belly dance who pays her bills with her skills as a history teacher/substance use counselor/poetry teacher to defiant adolescents in a small-town, British Columbia high school.  She has been practicing her poetry writing since the tender age of six years, when she was first published as the runner up in a Mother’s Day poem contest.  She has been published in the 2016 and 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthologies.  She also has a collection titled The Reluctant Daughter available on amazon.com.

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