Risk: A Verse

Raze blocks & hurdles,
& write & defeat wrongs.
Write your truth, write
to unbury & expose & defeat fear.
Raise the stakes,
because you write for yourself,
you write for those you love,
you write out of love,
you write for the world
& for the world to come.
Don’t be risk averse;
risk everything, carefully:
there’s so much at stake
& there’s so much work to do.

~ Andrew Shattuck McBride, July 28, 2013


This is my first postcard poem for the 2013 Postcard Poetry Project.

On a postcard with view of Bellingham and Mount Baker from the sea. It’s an older postcard, because the GP Site looks very busy in the foreground. If I remember correctly, GP closed the mill site in 2006 or so, and transferred ownership to the City of Bellingham in 2007.

This poem is for my dear friends Jennifer B., Mark, & John.

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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5 Responses to Risk: A Verse

  1. Andy, thank you. This poem is going onto the wall above my writing desk!

  2. tsena says:

    andy, this is just what i needed to read this morning. good heart-medicine poetry.

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