Safe within the boundaries
Bound by tame expectations
Lives lived in protected domesticity of
Insipid aging
Life’s glimpses of frontiers
Denied, fearful to push our limits
Retreating to the centre
Where stability is our obituary
Receding from extremities
Content to be conservative
We wait in limbo
For certain extinction
Obituary recording
Our fearful faint heartedness
To face the edges
Of our lives
It is in the edges
The raw and ragged edges
Gashes of our wounding
Red and bloody sore
It’s at these limits
Of our avoiding
We are most
Fully human
We learn to stand within the tearing
Of life’s wounding
And trust there is resurrection beyond
The edges of our pain

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