Starting Over: Poetry by Lance Giroux

Announcing the gift
Won
Now that you’ve 
Arrived
At this destination

When you place
A paper boat
In the stream
Can you let it go?

Can you let it
Find its own way
Into the tomorrow land
Of selfless dreams?


How highly
Do you
Praise the past?

How certain are you
That you’ve been carried
Into the happiness 
Of the claims you hold
That glitter your bedpost
As you drift by?


Atop the mountain
Above the oaks and fir
In front of me
Stand one hundred stones
Who once upon a time
Thought themselves
Strong

And now
Have Nowhere
Else
To go 


Photo credit: Lance Giroux
Lance Giroux

Lance Giroux was born in a remote Arizona mining town. He served in the Army until 1977. Post military he began working with individuals, businesses, government agencies, and schools - assisting in effective communication, service, and leadership. In 2000, he began to understudy and be mentored by the American author George Leonard – the award-winning editor of Look Magazine. The arrangement demanded international travel. While he traveled, he wrote and documented what he saw, felt and learned - www.alliedronin.blogspot.com. In 2017, Lance bought a cabin near Cobb Mountain and moved. In 2019, he opened Aikido of Konocti in order to serve Lake County with the philosophy and practices of Aikido, a Japanese martial art. He travels less. He enjoys the forest, a place where he can slow down, listen, practice ... and write.

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