Foundations

by Nikki Anne Schmutz

Concerted effort
does not consist
of a handful of
good choices
laced together by
a few weeks of
well-intentioned smiles.

It is shown as sands
in the hour glass of life –
painstaking steps forward
showing authentic change
over time.

Weeks. Months. Years.

Walls built over decades
cannot be torn down rapidly.
They must be rebuilt
stone by stone
on foundations
of truth and love.

Anything less
is irrevocably lost
to the sands
of regret –
pulled through
the cinched
waist of trials
only to spill from
the bottle…

to be blown away on
the winds of life.

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