Slippery Slope: A Poem

I took a few steps in a certain direction

With each footfall, the ground became less level and safe

Prideful thoughts, hasty words

They are just as dangerous as careless steps near a cliff

A slippery slope awaits those who tread recklessly

Replaying those thoughts, those words in my mind

Repulsion fills my heart every time I consider the state of my mind then

Where was the grace?  Where was the love?

Where was the compassion?  Where was the wisdom?

I had linked arms with pride and skipped heartlessly towards the edge

Not even thinking about the danger of that slippery slope

Just like other times, pride pulled me right over the edge

A fall.

I would remain there, were it not for the two God-sends of Grace and Humility

His forgiveness and mercy dusted me off, and set me back on the good path.


“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” –Proverbs 16:18

We would be wise as a nation to ponder and respond to these words, but I was reminded this week that it must all start in my own heart!



  1. Well done! “With each footfall…” can be in either direction. I’m glad you choose the Lord’s direction.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. I am glad, too. I am glad He always is ready to take me back when I fall!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad it had a good ending!

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