Sustained Flight

A water balloon launcher.

A trampolines.

An active mind.

It sounds like the beginning

Of a joke

Or a riddle.

In a way,

It is.

What these three have in common

May be hard to discern.


Each propels something

Through the air.

I, for one,

Don’t want the brief flight

Of a water balloon…

Or its tragic end.

Nor do I want to spend my life


Up and down

Up and down.

An active mind is good.

But its flitting thoughts

Will not cause me to remain airborne.

I will not experience

Sustained flight.

While enjoying the breathtaking view,

I must focus on the task at hand.

More than anything,

I want to remain aloft.

Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed (Proverbs 119:116, NIV).


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