the courage stone
has made it’s rounds
from cancer patient
with numbered days
to a family with a son
prisoned for theft
to a woman with ALS
and a short time to live
now her husband
asking to hold on to it
for his courage
while grieving her loss
in the months ahead
so it will stay
until it is time to travel
to another’s life
offering a concrete symbol
to face a circumstance
calling for courage.
have courage in
life’s painful journeys
we don’t know
do we, when it will be fixed?
have courage !

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