Slow and steady works best

when slogging through

the mud of Life

(Unless, one has perfected

tiptoeing across the top…)

Muddled and cuddled

by squishy earth and water

the stuff of dreams or nightmares

And, great for the skin

with other immediate benefits

even as it sucks you in

Just when I thought
I was too deep in mud

The water softened
revealing rocks beneath

And, sun above, cheering
cleared my way
slow and steady

And tenacity arrived
at a brighter day