The Wisdom of Others
Concerning Courage

"Courage is a kind of salvation."

~~ Plato (4th c. B.C.)

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear."

~~ Mark Twain (1894)


"Lady Badr al-Budur's Lamp"

(for Marion)

You flew from him with no remorse,
only your motherís anniversary clock
tucked tight beneath your twisted arm.
In 1942, Fly Girls piloted uneasily
on wings of their own design.

You departed life without qualm,
while that same timepiece chimed
reminders of the hour. No fancier
of feeding tubes, you gave a final
salaam in sage cashmere by Chanel.

Now I carry the clock to tough spots
where women gather. Let them rub
the chiseled intricacies, voice unlimited
wishes, master the plaque at its base:
"Scorn the ticking and accept the light."

© 2001 MJM

Featured in the Summer 2001 edition of Gumball Poetry, [I:7]



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