I follow the lines along the sidewalk. A seemingly eager escort to that place of safety, my destination laid out before me.
Sojourner , I walk not knowing where I may end up.
Part of me is filled with excitement and anticipation and another part of me, the frightened child wants to huddle back into the alley way into darkness, hidden and alone.
The daylight shines down on me exposing those things the darkness hides so very well.
Nothing is hidden and i am paraded down the street, my flaws exposed for all to see.
They laugh, mock me, ridicule until i am beaten down and defeated.
The darkness beckons me with it’s familiarity, offering safe haven from the taunting jeers.
But then, I stand.I breathe in, my chest expanding with air, with life.
I lift my head, throw back my shoulders and parade right along into the brightness of a gloriously beautiful day.
Each step, I am closer to my destination. I can feel it, taste it, smell it.
All my senses are engaged, a beautiful picture before me.
I’m strong, I am alive, the illusion of death and despair behind me, a pile of filthy rags
I walk in radiant white, clean and new.
Dancing and twirling, I am home