When Wandering is Seeking

When Wandering is Seeking


Do not veer!

But I cannot feel my Mother
through the rigid asphalt.

She is soft,



And forgiving when I stumble.

Must I stay on the covenant path?

Can I walk barefoot on the grass next to it?

Can I cut across the meadow?

And listen to the flowers and insects
lift their song of praise?

They mock me.

The ones on that straight and narrow

They claim I must be ashamed
and assume I can no longer
taste the fruit.

But my Mother’s love is there!

In the dew that wets my feet
as I step onto the moss.

I feel her love
as I clamber over
tree roots and fallen limbs.

It is here in the
messy wilderness

And I am prone to wander

Seeking to feel her.

No bricks
or concrete
between us

Just the sweet earth,

Catching me each time
I fall.


Tirza lives in New England with her husband and four kids. She spends as much time as possible reading, sleeping, and playing outside.

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8 Responses


    Thanks for writing my truth

  2. Kaylee says:

    This is beautiful.

    Someone once pointed out to me the difference between straight (which means without bend) and strait (which means narrow or constricted, think Strait of Magellan). The KJV of Matthew 7:14 uses strait:
    “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

    A deer path could be a strait and narrow way 🙂

  3. Bryn Brody says:

    I am prone to wander. Truly lovely.

  4. Beautiful- thank you!

  5. wen win says:

    This brings peace to my soul. Thank you.

  6. Em says:

    What a lovely image!

  7. LaFae says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

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