Picking my way across the wrong
end of the beach, avoiding
rocks that rock beneath my weight,
overhead branches that claw at my head,
empty bottles, remnants of some illicit picnic,
metal rope, remnant of some construction project,
sea glass and sharp plastic shards,
the frigid, opaque lake;

somewhere still is solid ground,
a stepping stone on which I cannot stand
forever balanced between
one world and the next 

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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