Danger Above, Danger Below

by Mathew Paust

The creative spirit is a gloriously bold

and fragile thing

It must overcome

excruciating self-doubt

just to recognize its existence.

Once recognized

the creative spirit then must summon a warrior's courage

to lift off into the air

Most daring of all it must fly naked and


No warrior's protection

neither armor nor weapon

It offers only beauty

In its early stages testing its wings

riding the currents ever higher

learning the dynamics, the thrills, dangers of unfettered flight

the creative spirit is perhaps most vulnerable

Adversaries now the dual perils:

expectation and

the poison arrow

from below