October 30, 2019


TO TASTE the sweet delight, 

the rush of living, 

the boil in the blood, 

the fires of excitement. 


To test the unknown. 


To joy in the offer, 

To wait with unruly 



To tame the stallions 

of timidity and relic 



To wait for personal 

greatness, for moments 

to fly. 


To risk. 


To take hold of our first 

intuitions of what we were 

intended to become. 


To take that chance. 


To bend to the will of 

the Divine written into the 

pleasured fabric of our DNA. 


To watch as the story is 

being written. To marvel 

at the unassuming 

beauty of it all. 


To leave ego behind. 


To put hand to the plow, 

to take that first step 

from off the ledge 

to the waiting 

waters far below. 


And to rise 

with a joy 

rarely known 


from the somber 

and sober exchange 

of daily living.




John Bragstad lives along the incomparable North Shore of Lake Superior. He is the author of two books: Compass Season and Nature's Poetry of Life. This piece, "Challenge" is from an upcoming book. 






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