The courage of iron, daisy, and dance

Sunrise Coyote

Where does the courage come from?

I mean the courage to step into the blinding mist

and to not know the course of the daunting adventure

and to not see where footfall will land

and to not hear a guiding voice.

I mean the courage to step forward anyway.


What is the courage

to let go of the tether

to freefall

to fear and still go forth?


Is the courage iron

shaped by the fire that is this life,

or simply a fragile daisy

that moves through dark soil

and pushes up into unexpected light?


Is the courage strong enough in me

to take action

to follow love

to risk abject failure?


After the failure

is there courage to stand up

and still dance naked

around the fire that is this life?


May the courage of iron, daisy, and dance

well up in me today. This

is my longing and prayer.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through; and of a blog on, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (, adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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