To experience a walk as one who dares
to stride in another’s stead
is to begin, but only to begin, to understand

You’ve not cried the tears
your heart has not been torn asunder
but you’ve chosen to walk in turn
where another—without choosing—must tread

Walk near with a heart ardent
Walk as one who dares

This poem was written as part of a challenge to end every line with a word containing only the letters found in a single word.  For this poem, the word is “understand.”

9 thoughts on “Understand”

  1. First: This is a new approach for me – I will have to give it a try!

    Next … this poem is, to me, full of empathy and courage. To dare walking “near” to the pain others are currently experiencing when one cannot fully walk in those shoes, along a path not chosen … deeply contemplative, deeply stirring in its truth. The point being – be there. Be near, even if only beginning to understand. In this lies an offering of the heart.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Fran, the form was a challenge, but I enjoyed working with it. Thank you for your comments. I didn’t know where the poem was going to go as I browsed through the available words, but given the current affairs of the world I guess the outcome was sort of a given. Empathy, I think if I’m honest, is as much a burden as a blessing. I’m astounded when I realize someone doesn’t have any, but sometimes I’m just a tiny bit jealous and wish I could give them some of mine. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Split Horizons

Polonius got that one right...

Pocketful of Prose

Ponderings to Keep

Ms. Victor Reads

Reflections on my life as a teacher, reader, writer.

Merely Day By Day

Polonius got that one right...

I hablo espanglish

Polonius got that one right...

Live Your Poem...

Polonius got that one right...

Katie's Korner

Blogging my way through the year

The Biblio Bard Blogger

Polonius got that one right...


Polonius got that one right...

Soapbox: The Way I see Things

shouting my heart out for all who may listen


Polonius got that one right...


Lit On Fire!

Mar de Meditaciones

"It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time."

Writing My Way

Polonius got that one right...

%d bloggers like this: