For the One on the Verge of a Dream Being Realised: A Liturgy

That bend before you, in all its delicious possibility,

Still holds the fear of not being what you imagined.

That dream you clutch,

Like a road map into the great unknown,

Lacks topography,

Clouds in obscurity,

The friends who’ll walk this road with you.


It does not tell you

If you have dreamed too big or too small.

It does not tell you

If you are ready to meet success and failure

With equal parts humility and courage.

It does not tell you

If you will like the person

You’ve become when, at last, you come

To where it is you’re going.


The road before you may be bathed in shadows,

Dappled in sunlight,

Wind-blown and pinecone-strewn.

Glory-glow coming after

Sleep-less nights.


The dream may lead you within the scent of water,

May drag you by the edges of your fingernails

Over blizzard-battered cliffs.


It may threaten to beat the very life

From your spirit.

But the spirit stretched to the edges of itself

By a vivid waking dream

Is more alive than the spirit

That doesn’t dare to dream one.


Dreams die.


They fade quickly in the barren plains

Of unmarked faithfulness,

Weeks and months of placing

One foot in front of the other,

While the barely shifting scenery

Gives the illusion of going backwards.


Dare to dream anyway.


And pause, dear soul, at the horizon

Of your dream.

Bend over and sift the sand for sea glass.

Hold yesterday and tomorrow

In opposite hands,

Balancing them in this liminal space

We call today.


For He, who holds not time

As we do,

Who fills the very edges of eternity,

Stands

Beside you

Behind you

Before you.


Go forth in joy

You do not walk alone.

(c) Yolanda Lichty

08/01/2022

12 Comments on “For the One on the Verge of a Dream Being Realised: A Liturgy

  1. I especially liked the lines
    They fade quickly in the barren plains of unmarked faithfulness
    Thanks for sharing

    Like

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