rough waters

Balancing on a paddle board

In rough waters,

I try to remain upright.

Searching for sunlight behind the clouds,

Facing unpredictable winds and waves,

I paddle close to shore.


Slough off certainty,

that dead skin.

Expose your doubt.

Wear it close,

proud so others can see.


Ask, more than answer.

Knowing is hard won.

Certainty’s impulsive,

its mask an unseen blindfold.

Taskit daily, out loud.


Edited by Venus Davis. Words by Susan Rakow and Carrie Tangenberg.