Doubt by Kay Ryan
DOUBT by Kay Ryan
A chick has just so much time
to chip its way out, just so much
egg energy to apply to the weakest spot
or whatever spot it started at.
It can’t afford doubt. Who can?
Doubt uses albumen
at twice the rate of work.
One backward look by any of us
can cost what it cost Orpheus.
Neither may you answer
the stranger’s knock;
you know it is the Person from Porlock
who eats dreams for dinner,
his napkin stained the most delicate colors.
This post is dedicated to a friend of mine who is going through real challenges right now. It’s truly amazing how an ounce, a milligram, a particle of doubt can deaden our resiliency to change. If you are going through challenges at the moment, hang in there.