HOPE

As I walk on this dirt road 
Old memories start to unleash
They envelope me
Consuming all my dreams

I think of her again
And every other person I have been
I look back and realize
I was absent from my own life

My knees feel like giving in 
The horrors keep creeping in
A road to nowhere
This is more than just a sentence
This is exile from my own being

They robbed so much of my life
For me there was no spring
No morning dew
No rain
Just a desert
Yet it felt like winter

The song of a bird brings me back 
The sound of the ocean ignites my fire
Hope invades my lungs
And I realize, this is my life

As my steps quicken I start to undress
I let the wind caress my breasts
As I submerge I feel the waves
They welcome me like an old friend

Just like that my world transforms
Just like that I claim my power back
My wounds may still bleed at times
But I won't let them break me

I will tend to them and mend them
I will not deny my pain
I will not reject the ones who got hurt
I will embrace them until they are no longer scare

As I wrap my arms around myself
My heart rejoices and my body vibrates
Like earth reborn after a fire 
My spirit is now fertile
I will plant it with oak tress and flowers
My garden I will tend 
For this is my life
And this will not be my end.

Sofia E. Falcone
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By Sofia Falcone

I passionately believe one person can make a difference. I write from my own experiences and interests. It is my greatest hope that by writing about my own challenges, victories, hopes and learnings, others may feel inspired to believe more in their inner power and to fully embrace themselves!

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