The Barefooters - A poem by Bolaji Frank Irawo
Turned up day one, module one, green around the ears
There in the room fourteen other adventurers
Everyone with a story to tell
Why this course was right for the here and now.
Life Transforming was the oft used phrase
By those who have been this way before
Wary of being captivated by a cliché
The Jury was out with judgment reserved.
Soon the tools and models came rolling in
Practice session by practice session the pairings were done
In every session vulnerable clients met hesitant coaches
Day by day the bonds began Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing.
On we go; finding the balance on the Wheel of Everything
Sinking in the sea of unhelpful metaphors
Saving the adult from the Controlling Parent and the Adaptive Child
Holding on to the present in memory of that Peak Performance.
Strangers to each other daring to enter the arena barefoot
To feel the earth beneath their feet, unsure of where the next step leads
Daring to see and be seen, real life issues out in the open
From the dance in each of those moments, magic would happen.
Coaching did what good coaching does
Insightful reframing, powerful and incisive questions
Holding the thinking space for the real expert to showup
Unconditional positive regard for all.
Lightbulb after lightbulb began to light the way
As iceberg after iceberg began to melt away
Transformation coming into view via the rear-view mirror
None was ever to be the same again, the Rubicon a distant memory.
Question after question flowed, calling out for answers
So much experience in the room, in the round and upfront
With every answer more is known as of the giver so their gift
Confidence built pitch after pitch as ideas filled the room.
Along the way, doubts were surfaced and then silenced
Confusions were confronted and then unravelled
Priorities were challenged and then re-ordered
Self-confidences threatened and then re-affirmed.
Can’t believe its module 12, is it the end or just the beginning?
Something amazing has occurred, a new being has been born
The lives of fifteen strangers intertwined and out popped the “Barefooters”
Filled with experiences, gifts, skills, connections, opportunities, ideas, respect and love.
You are now a well-trained Barefoot Coach!
Daring to tread where other fear in the spirit of Derive
Feedback from fourteen clients ringing in your ear
Go forth and coach like a true Barefooter!!