“On That Perilous Borderline”

Path to Paradise - Adit @ DeviantArt

There comes a moment when you must choose
Lingering in a wasteland
Trapped by habits and past decisions
Destined to repeat as Sisyphus does
A path that leads to insanity
Or instead step sideways into a new road
Fraught with hazards and heartaches
Alive with promises of fortune
Awakened to all senses

I stand on that perilous borderline
My gaze fixed on myriad futures
Aching to know which one will come to pass
Fearful of pain
Wanting pleasure and joy

There must come a moment
When I take the knife and cut deep
Severing one from the other
Choosing the way that is right

Still my heart is endangered
By uncertainty and fear
Lifted by love and hope and promise
I stand on the perilous borderline
Between wasteland and paradise
Not yet certain which is which
Taking baby steps into a new world


Written for Three Word Wednesday, which this week gave us words easily bound to one another: cut, endanger, hazard.
Also linked to ABC Wednesday, where B is for Borderline.

17 thoughts on ““On That Perilous Borderline”

  1. it’s not always easy to know the right path…sometimes the hurdles and hazards you must face in order to find true passion and joy. and really, that can be a hard concept, especially if standing on that boarder we are nearsighted.

    very nice verse.

  2. There must come a moment
    When I take the knife and cut deep
    Severing one from the other
    Choosing the way that is right

    I really love this verse in your poem. and the illustration is just stunning and I felt the picture as I read this verse…very nice.

  3. The baby steps in a new world… fears and excitement. A poignant piece.

    I am in love with these lines.

    “I stand on the perilous borderline
    Between wasteland and paradise
    Not yet certain which is which
    Taking baby steps into a new world”

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