Photo by Laura Di Franco,

Wading (a poem)

I wade in and out
of purpose
her cool blue foam sticking to my toes
begging me to go deeper

Jump! I hear
I pedal backwards instead
my weight sucking me into the
tripping me up
unsure of what lurks

Not knowing when there’ll be
nothing under my feet

I think my way there
hoping for an answer
that’s clear
knowing I won’t be able to see
knowing trust
and faith
is what I’ll need

I watch the waves crashing
smoothing out toward me again
with their little hands
beckoning my soul
to come play

I’ve always been afraid of the sea.

Since I was a tiny thing
and my parents dragged me screaming
onto a boogie board
to watch the fish

I was too busy being afraid
to notice anything beautiful

Too caught in what might be
in the deep
to notice what was right there
in front of my face;
a place to float
and relax
and trust the waves
to carry me

And I’m here today
to not be afraid

Waiting to know for sure
Waiting until
Waiting to be ready
Waiting for something better
Waiting for it to be easier

while the sea
and the deep
and purpose
hold treasures for me
beyond my wildest dreams

Maybe today
I’ll jump
go deeper
be afraid
and swim anyway.

maybe today.

Laura Di Franco, MPT is the owner of Brave Healer Productions. She’s a published poet and author, inspirational speaker, holistic physical therapist and third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do with over two decades of experience in healing. She was born to build a revolution of brave healers who are getting their badass, authentic voices published in order to heal the world with their words. Her new book, Brave Healing, a Guide for Your Journey, is now on Amazon! is where you can grab a free 30-minute call with her to learn how your story will heal the world.



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