After I shared my Fourth Step inventory with my sponsor, taking the Fifth Step, I moved on and wrote this poem during the hour I spent with God alone as I took Steps Six and Seven.

Broad highway
Narrow path,
narrow steps.
Tight rope strung
between mountain peaks
formed by stories,
wrapped in drama,
about a life lived
overdone.

Suspended,
I balanced.
Righteous,
I clung
to air no longer filled
with oxygen.

Between two peaks
I paused,
forgetting which way
to go next.

Liminal space
gave way to Grace
when she said,
“Leap, but not yet.”
And I said, “OK.”
She said, “Would you let me catch you?”
I said, “Why?”
“Because you are beloved,” she said.
And I laughed.
Me? Beloved?

Resentments as deep
as the gorge below.
Fears so many
they strangled my soul.
She whispered,
“There’s room enough within these clouds,
upon this wind,
to let them go,
one breath, one truth, at a time.”

Between two peaks,
on the narrow path,
the loosening rope
began to unravel
thread by thread.
Weary,
my heart heard Grace again.
“I’ve still got you.
Always have.
Always will.”

Powerless and lost,
I surrendered to the wind
the story of the mountains I built,
the truth of the narrow path I braved
until I couldn’t walk it anymore.

“Leap now!” Grace said.
“Wide arms wait to catch you,
to carry you,
until your feet stand strong
and your back feels the weight
of your world lifted off.
Hand in hand
I’ll walk with you
along the broad highway
where there’s air to breathe.

With me, you’ll never walk alone again.”

Lighter, I leapt—
landing
grounded by Grace,

I felt alive for the first time in a long time,
eager to live out my days,
one breath, one step, one day at a time.

— Connie C., Memphis, Tennessee USA

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