Photo Challenge #64, Pathway, June 09, 201 – Going


Image: – Oer Wout

It had been about roads not taken

And stopping by woods on snowy evenings.

Now he had chosen the path

And there was only one way

Through the avenue of trees

That pressed in on him.

The voice in his head said ‘No going back.’

You need a fresh start

Time to step away from the torments of the past

Where people used you

Spat on you

Cursed you

Treated you worse than a dog

In places here no one saw

No one imagined the pain

The humiliation

The stripping of self

Until only a husk remained

Held intact by a desire to survive.

Holding his head high

He didn’t know where he was headed

But he knew from what he was going.

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20 Responses to Photo Challenge #64, Pathway, June 09, 201 – Going

  1. Prajakta says:

    Beautiful Michael!!!

  2. mandy says:

    Nothing quite like finding that road of escape, not exactly knowing where it leads, but knowing it’s the right one anyway. Very special poem, Michael.

  3. DELL CLOVER says:

    Indeed! Beautiful, powerful.

  4. Love the first two lines and the last two. Powerful, courageous, victorious… yay for starting anew.

  5. phylor says:

    Many people never get the chance to go down the road not taken, to follow a path towards the light. Trapped, self gone, and don’t see how they can escape the abuse.
    You wrote a great poem of someone made a decision to break free! If we could all make such decision . . .

    • Yes indeed, its very difficult when you see so many around you saying you are mad for taking that first step but you know it is the right thing for you to do. Thanks for that comment, much appreciated.

  6. That is a powerful ending and a poem I can relate to and I am happy to say the path lead to a better place!

  7. mj6969 says:

    Excellent and visionary piece Michael 😀

    The deafening roar of the madness that accompanies the initial hesitations can be too overwhelming – and the courage to silence those voices – to look ahead – even not knowing where one will end up – is fortitude in action.

    Positive piece that is inspiring 😀

  8. Irene says:

    Fresh start, and he knows ‘where’…nice

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