through a wood

i found myself on a road

late one night.

it curved through

a dark forest,

haunting sounds echoed to and fro.

wet pavement beneath

my naked feet,

leading me away from

from him

toward an unknown

destination.

i crept forward,

persistent,

determined,

fearful,

trapped deep

within a prison

built by him

for me

years ago.

as light sliced

through the repugnant

night,

you found me.

reached for me,

whispered strength

and beauty in my ears.

your words

your voice

shattered the fragile

bars of the prison

built for me

by him.

we ran,

filled with a soaring joy,

toward an unknown destination.

your path turned away from mine

suddenly

without warning,

as night plunged deep

into my heart

once again.

i know

i’ll find daylight

soon.

i know

i’ll be strong

again.

for now,

i walk,

alone,

on a path meant for me.

a path on which i am

free,

a path on which i know

i am beautiful,

i am strong,

i am undoubtedly me.

the thunder gathers

in the distance

as rain pours down upon

my body,

i turn my face up,

hold my arms out,

and laugh.

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