It is that minimal sustenance
growing wild in the clefts of rocks,
encouraging survival despite all,
a guardrail keeping us from the gorge.
Fused with confidence it becomes faith,
a trusting and wizened belief,
like a cliff-side fortress overhanging a chasm
sheltering those reverential and humble.
Even alone it remains a unique phenomenon,
full of rare meaning and power,
without which we are lost,
overwhelmed then overcome.
Yet by its durability we endure,
knowing it as the handsel of success.


Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and has been published in over 100 publications in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Romania, Israel, India, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Trinidad, & Mexico. www.brandonmarlon.com.


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